With these two new capabilities, Centrify Express now comprises five distinct solutions uniquely spanning both on-premise and cloud-based systems. In addition, Centrify Express adds nine new Linux platforms and the ability to administer and manage local Linux/UNIX accounts. With the new capabilities of Centrify Express 2011, IT administrators can now rapidly launch and secure Linux servers in the cloud and obtain the operational visibility that enables them to meet their security and compliance requirements.
Centrify Express is a comprehensive suite of five, free Active Directory-based integration solutions providing authentication, single sign-on, remote access, file-sharing, and reporting for cross-platform systems deployed on premise or in the cloud. Compared to other free offerings, Centrify Express includes significantly more tools for quickly and easily integrating UNIX, Linux and Mac systems into a Windows environment and offers more advanced enterprise features to upgrade to. Centrify Express comprises: DirectControl Express for Active Directory-based authentication and single sign-on; DirectManage Express for centrally discovering and managing non-Windows systems, deploying Centrify software, and administering local Linux accounts; Centrify-enabled versions of OpenSSH, PuTTY and Samba for optimized remote access and file sharing leveraging Active Directory; Centrify Insight, a Splunk-based application for integrating identity and access management (IAM) with security information and event management (SIEM), as well as providing operational intelligence regarding cross-platform systems; and Centrify Cloud Tools for securing Linux systems deployed in the cloud.
"Organizations can benefit from bridging their systems and applications to Active Directory, be they on-premises or in the cloud," said Mark Diodati, vice president of research, Gartner. "Active Directory is the epicenter of user and system management for many enterprises, and it makes sense to leverage it as much as possible for cost reduction, improved user experience, and a better compliance posture."
About the New Centrify Express 2011: NEW: Centrify Cloud Tools Centrify is now delivering free software tools and guidance to help protect and secure cloud-based systems at launch time and to administer the security from Active Directory. Using Centrify Cloud Tools, IT managers can pre-configure cloud servers using Amazon AMI or RightScale ServerTemplates to dynamically apply authentication and access control policies to Linux cloud systems. At launch time, these servers can automatically join an Active Directory domain, configure and protect the root account, and ensure that a cloud server is as secure from unauthorized access as those in the data center. These capabilities include best practices documentation designed to help organizations adopt cloud computing more rapidly while mitigating the associated security risks. In addition, DirectManage Express has also been enhanced to support the cloud, enabling administrators to automatically discover their Linux systems that are deployed in the cloud and to seamlessly distribute the appropriate Centrify Express software to those cloud-based servers. For more information about Centrify Cloud Tools, see related press release issued today: "Centrify Introduces CloudTools for Active Directory-Based Access Control for Securing Linux Servers in the Cloud."
NEW: Centrify Insight. For users of Centrify Express and customers of the Centrify Suite, Centrify Insight collects identity, access and authorization data about UNIX and Linux servers that Centrify stores in Active Directory. In addition, access control metrics such as those detailing failed login attempts and alerts about particular privileged user behaviors give IT administrators a view of cross-platform identity, authentication and authorization in real-time. The application works with either Splunk's free or licensed version and Centrify's free or license editions. For more information see today's companion press release: "Centrify and Splunk Partner to Integrate Identity and Privilege Management to Create Operational Intelligence."