Radiant Logic

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Radiant Logic
Industry Computer software
Founded Singapore (1995 (1995))
Founder Michel Prompt
Headquarters 75 Rowland Way, Suite 300, Novato, CA 94945, United States
Area served
Key people
Michel Prompt (CEO)
Dr. Claude Samuelson (Vice President of Engineering)
Dieter Schuller (Vice President of Sales and Business Development)
Website www.radiantlogic.com

Radiant Logic, Inc. is an American computer software corporation focusing on solutions for Identity Integration, Enterprise Information Integration, Information Security, and Data Management.[1] The company pioneered the development of the Virtual directory in complex enterprise Identity Management deployments.

Radiant Logic is best known for its RadiantOne[2] Federated Identity platform.[3] The software line’s flagship product is the Virtual Directory Server Context Edition (VDS-CE), which is designed specifically for deployment in high-volume, high-complexity environments. RadiantOne’s VDS acts as an abstraction layer, extracting identity and context information out of various application and data silos. By re-mapping the underlying sources and presenting the identity data in customized views for the needs of enterprise applications, RadiantOne enables authentication and fine-grained authorization for identity management and context-driven applications.

Radiant Logic’s global customer base includes many Fortune 500 companies in the fields of banking, finance, insurance, government, communications, manufacturing, education, entertainment and healthcare. Headquartered in Novato, CA, Radiant Logic has satellite offices in Chicago and Washington, DC, and distribution channels throughout the world.


In 1995, Radiant Logic was founded by French-American software developers Michel Prompt and Claude Samuelson, the company’s CEO and Vice President of Engineering, respectively.[4] The company was moved to Marin County, California, in 1999 during the height of the Silicon Valley technology boom. First round funding came from venture capitalists Sofinova, Doll Capital, and Innovacom.[citation needed]

Prompt and Samuelson found success in their previous U.S.-based company, Matesys Corp., which they founded in 1991. It was the first company to offer Microsoft Windows-based client/server solutions to database application developers. The company introduced one of the first visual programming tools under Windows 3.0 for the client/server market, ObjectView. In 1993 Matesys was acquired by Atlanta software firm KnowledgeWare, now a part of CA Technologies.


Radiant Logic’s breakthrough came in 2000, when it introduced the first virtual directory.[citation needed] The new product category gained widespread attention throughout the software industry, garnering accolades and prominent customers like Compaq, who soon implemented RadiantOne for its NonStop Himalaya server.[citation needed] That same year Network World named Prompt “Networking MVP.” Industry insider Dave Kearns wrote, “By combining Lightweight Directory Access protocol, XML and SQL behind the scenes, Prompt enabled the typical browser to see personalized (via a directory protocol) database information at will while maintaining powerful security through the authentication and authorization mechanisms built in to any good directory system.”[5] In 2004, RadiantOne VDS 4.0 was rated top virtual directory in an InfoWorld product review.[6] In 2007, Radiant Logic was recognized by the Burton Group as the virtual directory market leader.[7]


In recent years, Radiant Logic has developed products for the emerging context market in enterprise software. In 2008, Radiant Logic announced the launch of the first “context server” known as the VDS Context Edition.[8] By extracting contextual information out of application silos, VDS Context Edition enables identity integration based on multiple application contexts across diverse data sources. In 2009, Radiant Logic released a major rollout of three products built on its RadiantOne Identity & Context platform, called the virtualization suite.[9]

In April 2010, Gartner analyst Bob Blakley noted that virtualization of both identity and context will play a vital role in the new identity infrastructure. In his report The Emerging Architecture of Identity Management, Blakley wrote that “In the first phase, production of identities will be separated from consumption of identities through the introduction of a virtual directory interface. In the second phase, applications will externalize authorization to policy decision points…which can use contextual authorization to request attributes in real time."[10]

In July 2010, Radiant Logic launched Context Browser, which lets users search structured information across data silos, and enables integration across specialized applications and databases. Radiant Logic also released ID-Connect, a free social networking interface based on Microsoft Silverlight that enables customizable views of system users.[11]

In January 2011, Radiant Logic announced doubled revenue for 2010 versus 2009, with four times growth in earnings.[12][citation needed]

Demand for Identity Management and Virtual Directories continues to grow. A February 2008 Forrester Research Report titled Identity Management Market Forecast estimates that the virtual directory market will grow from $13 million in 2006 to $113 million by 2014.[13]


Radiant Logic has alliances with leading identity management software vendors, whose products work with the RadiantOne platform to create full-spectrum identity and data integration solutions. Key technology partners include CA Technologies, RSA/EMC, and Ping Identity. Radiant has also partnered with professional services organizations including Accenture, Booz Allen Hamilton, and Deloitte.

In 2010, Radiant Logic announced a partnership with Axiomatics to provide an authorization solution based on the XACML standard.[14] By externalizing context through virtualization of data and application silos, Radiant Logic enables Axiomatics to consume these contextual attributes inside XACML-based policies, providing a complete standards-based solution.

Additionally, Radiant Logic regularly produces educational webinars in conjunction with technology research and advisory firms, including Burton Group, Gartner, and Forrester.[15][citation needed]

Products and Awards[edit]

Radiant Logic's products include RadiantOne Identity and Context Virtualization Platform, which is composed of:

  • Virtual Directory Server (VDS) - Radiant Logic’s flagship product is the first full-spectrum solution for identity integration and context management.[citation needed] Featuring a persistent cache, VDS is designed to solve data integration challenges for non-disruptive deployments in high-volume, high-complexity identity environments, without customization.
  • Identity Correlation and Synchronization Server (ICS) - RadiantOne ICS identifies relationships between identities represented in heterogeneous data sources. ICS builds a common identity out of multiple systems to create a unified view of identity data, eliminating user overlaps.
  • Cloud Federation Service (CFS) - CFS provides the RadiantOne suite with a complete identity provider, packing identity information from the virtual directory into authentication tokens that can be relayed to on-premises and cloud-based applications, enabling single sign-on for users.

Radiant Logic has also earned several recent awards for its technology, including recognition as a Cool Vendor in information security by the Gartner analyst firm,[16] and the gold editor's choice award from Windows IT Pro for its VDS product.[17]


  1. ^ "Radiant Logic, Inc.: Private Company Information - Businessweek". Archived from the original on 2012-06-06. 
  2. ^ http://www.wwpi.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6103:radiant-logic-launches-radiantone-virtual-context-server&catid=70 Archived March 20, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "Toward an Identity & Context Virtualization Service: A Buyer's Guide to Virtual Directories - TechRepublic". Archived from the original on 2012-06-16. 
  4. ^ "Radiant Logic Management Team". Archived from the original on 2013-11-03. 
  5. ^ NetworkWorld. Kearns, David. “Networking MVP: And the Winner is…” January 15, 2001. Volume 18, Number 3.
  6. ^ "Radiant Logic, MaXware give directories a virtual twist | Platforms - InfoWorld". Archived from the original on 2012-10-03. 
  7. ^ "Burton Group Confirms Radiant Logic as the Market Leader | Enline plc an aurionPro company". Archived from the original on 2012-03-22. 
  8. ^ "DEMO: New Tech Solving Big Problems - Home". Archived from the original on 2010-12-25. 
  9. ^ "Radiant Logic Unwraps Virtualization Suite". Archived from the original on 2012-03-16. 
  10. ^ The Emerging Architecture of Identity Management, Bob Blakley, April 16, 2010.
  11. ^ http://www.radiantlogic.com/media/documents/Press%20Releases/Press%20Release%20ID-Connect%20&%20Context%20Browser.pdf
  12. ^ http://www.radiantlogic.com/media/documents/Press%20Releases/Press%20Release%202010%20Milestone.pdf
  13. ^ http://www.securelyyoursllc.com/files/Identity%20Management%20Market%20Forecast%202007%20To%202014.pdf
  14. ^ http://www.radiantlogic.com/media/documents/Press%20Releases/Press%20Release%20RadiantOne%20Version%205.3.pdf
  15. ^ "Webinars". Archived from the original on 2012-04-27. 
  16. ^ "Radiant Logic Named a "Cool Vendor" in Security by a Leading Analyst Firm.". Business Wire. Berkshire Hathaway. May 1, 2012. Retrieved January 8, 2013. 
  17. ^ Editors (November 20, 2012). "2012 Windows IT Pro Editors' Best and Community Choice Awards: Best Active Directory/Group Policy Product". Windows IT Pro. Penton Media. Retrieved January 8, 2013.