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Why Vordel?

This is my inagural post in this blog - in my new job - as Chief Solutions Architect at Vordel. In my time at Oracle, I had the opportunity to work with Vordel at a number of customers, and two things really stood out - the quality of the products and the quality of the people. It's a really good small company that reminds me very much of the early days of Netegrity. They have been the thought leaders in XML Gateways - a key element in SOA Security - for over a decade. Their push into the Cloud Service Broker/Web 2.0/REST Security area is very exciting to me as it represents the next generation of security solutions.

For people who are familiar with the Fusion Security Blog, you'll see that I'm quite shamelessly copying the layout. Its also my intention to replicate its basic approach - no manifestos, just good technical information on solving real world problems. The focus here will obviously be on Vordel and its primary product the Vordel Gateway , but I'll also cover some of the broader SOA Security/WS-* use cases and approaches that we did on the Fusion Security Blog.

For people who know me, they know that I was fairly reluctant to start blogging. Quite to my surprise, I have found it really useful in being able to connect quickly with customers. So, once again proving that old dogs can be taught new tricks, I've also created a twitter account @xmlgatewayguru . I'll be honest - I'm not really sure what I'm doing with the "twitter-machine" yet, but I'll figure it out.

Wishing you a happy and healthy new year and a successful FY 11,

Josh

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Josh Bregman has over 15 years experience architecting Java and JEE based security and identity management solutions. Josh is the Chief Solutions Architect at Vordel where he leads up the North American Pre-Sales team. Prior to Vordel, Josh worked for three years at Oracle as a Consulting Solutions Architect at where he advised Oracle and its key customers on technology, architecture, and implementation best practices. Prior to joining Oracle, Josh worked at BEA Systems for 3 years as the Enterprise Security Specialist for the Americas. In this role, Josh worked with customers to develop security solutions for WebLogic Server and related BEA technologies. Before joining BEA, Josh worked at Netegrity/CA for 5 years where he designed and developed a number of Java based security products, including IdentityMinder and SiteMinder Application Server Agents for BEA WebLogic Server and IBM WebSphere.Josh has also held engineering positions at GTE/Verizon Labs and IBM Global Services. Josh received a B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Rochester. Josh and had spoken at a number of industry conferences including the RSA Security Conference, BEA World and Oracle Open World. Josh was a contributing author to Wiley's Professional Oracle WebLogic Server (2009). He is a lead contributors and architect of the OpenAz open-source project - an initiative to standardize and promote the adoption of externalized authorization. He is also the author of the Vordel XML Gateway blog at http://xmlgateway.blogspot.com.

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