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Wednesday, June 5, 2013
It was neat to see at this week's Microsoft TechEd that Centrify announced our latest cloud service offering — Centrify for Office 365. Centrify for Office365 is an easy-to-deploy Microsoft Azure-based service that offers the industry's most comprehensive solution for Active Directory-based single sign-on, user provisioning and mobile management of Office 365. As part of this announcement we also announced Microsoft has evaluated Centrify for Office 365 across key user scenarios and has qualified it as a "Works with Office 365" solution, so also nice to get that validation from Microsoft itself. In this blog post I want to provide an overview of our solution for Office 365, and in future blog posts will drill down a bit more on how Centrify for Office 365 differs from what Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) provides vis a vis Office 365 single sign-on.
But first, for those who are not familiar with Office 365, just what is Office 365? Office 365 is a cloud-based service from Microsoft that refers to subscription plans that include access to Microsoft Office applications plus other productivity services such as Lync web conferencing and Exchange Online hosted email for business, and additional online storage with SkyDrive. Solutions such as the recently acquired Yammer and Skype are being integrated by Microsoft into Office 365.
So what is Centrify for Office 365? Centrify for Office 365 is an easy-to-deploy Azure-based service that offers the industry's most comprehensive solution for Active Directory-based single sign-on, user provisioning and mobile management. Net net Centrify enhances the Office 365 experience by:
There are a number of benefits of the solution including:
Aha, you say, but doesn't Microsoft offer Active Directory-based SSO for Office 365? Yes, Microsoft supports the use of Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) for federated identity management to Office 365. I will go into this in a bit more detail in comparing our offering to ADFS in future blog posts, but Centrify for Office 365 is a superior alternative to ADFS for the following reasons:
The bottom line is that Centrify for Office 365 is drop dead easy to install, supports a multitude of rich mobile and PC clients as well as browsers, is a Microsoft validated solution, offers not only Office 365 support but 100s of other SaaS apps and does so from an elegant portal or via native mobile apps, and provides critical mobile management in conjunction with providing Office 365 identity management and federation.
Be sure to check out this video of Centrify for Office 365 in action:
I will close off this blog post by saying that Centrify for Office 365 is available today from Centrify and authorized partners worldwide. For organizations using Office 365 and less than two other SaaS applications, the solution is available at no charge. For organizations utilizing Centrify for more than three SaaS apps, the solution is priced at $4 per user per month, which includes technical support and access to feature updates. Download Centrify's free Office 365 single sign-on solution today at http://www.centrify.com/express/free.asp. More details to come in upcoming blogs!
Tom Kemp is CEO of Centrify. You can follow him on his Centrify blog.