In Brief: Sun buys into identity management with Neogent

Sun Microsystems plans to buy identity management services vendor Neogent. Neogent sells automated software tools designed to speed up the implementation of identity management systems based on Sun's Java System Identity Manager software.

Founded in 1999, the 45-person company is based in Austin, Texas, home to Sun's Waveset group.

Sun acquired Waveset, a vendor of network user identity and password management, in late 2003 and has been seeking to establish itself as a major player in the world of identity management.

The Neogent acquisition is expected to be completed by year's end, at which point Neogent will be rolled into Sun's services division, according to a spokeswoman with Sun's public relations agency. Terms of the deal, announced Wednesday, were not disclosed.