Last week we came out with a new release to our suite of solution. This latest and greatest version is called Centrify Suite 2012.2, which updates DirectControl to version 5.0.2, DirectAuthorize to version 2.0.2, DirectAudit to 2.0.2, and DirectManage Deployment Manager to 2.1.2. Customers can download it here while Express users can get it here. While a minor update, we have packed into a number of goodies that I want to talk to you about in this blog post.
Today we released a major upgrade to Centrify Express — Centrify Express 2011 — that adds two new solutions to our Express offering (Centrify Cloud Tools and Centrify Insight — bringing the total number of solutions that comprise Express to five), major feature enhancements to the three pre-existing Express solutions, and also the unique addition of the expansion of our free Active Directory bridging support beyond on-premise systems to cloud-based systems as well. In this blog post I will discuss some of these new capabilities we added in Centrify Express 2011.
The release last week of Centrify Suite 2010 Update 2 extends support to over a dozen new UNIX and Linux platforms, bringing the total of non-Microsoft platforms that Centrify bridges into Active Directory to over 250. That is simply far more than any other solution on the market that integrates Active Directory with non-Microsoft systems, on the order of magnitude of approximately 40% more platforms supported.
Recently we announced Centrify Express, a free offering for anyone who wants to better integrate non-Microsoft systems with Windows. Please go ahead and visit www.centrify.com/express and download it - by simply entering a valid email address and you are on your way to cross-platform interop nirvana! We are very excited about this announcement as it delivers by far more free capabilities than any other Windows/Active Directory interop solution out there, and it is also the most mature and manageable solution out there. In this blog post I will discuss what Centrify Express is and why we released it.
Recently VMware published its official release of the vSphere 4.0 Security Hardening Guide. I was pleased to see that Centrify was the only third-party identity management vendor called out by VMware to "provide tighter integration with Active Directory" when it recommends to use a directory service product for authentication for the ESX Service Console. While Centrify was called out vis a vis the security requirements around Console OS password policies, in looking at the hardening guide it became readily apparent that the Centrify Suite can address a wide range of vSphere hardening requirements for enterprises, and this blog post gives an example of some of the additional value add Centrify can provide.
Many of our customers want DirectControl to seamlessly integrate with Samba - the de facto industry standard CIFS File Server for Linux and UNIX - so I have blogged a few times about what we offer in terms of Samba interoperability as well as on the technical and architectural details around our Samba integration. But because there is a bit of overlapping capability with what Samba offers and what DirectControl offers, we occasionally get questions on how we compare to what Samba offers, so in this blog post I am going to drill down a bit into two areas of overlapping functionality with DirectControl and Samba's windbind capability.
I saw in Network World a recent article with the headline, "IRS security faults leave taxpayer information at risk." In reading the article and digging down into the actual United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) report (entitled "Information Security: IRS Needs to Continue to Address Significant Weaknesses") that the article uses as its source, it turns out that the major findings in the audit were really about the need for comprehensive privileged identity management within the Internal Revenue Service. In this blog post I will analyze the GAO report and map the report to specific capabilities that Centrify addresses.
One common dilemma that software vendors face is when they pack more features and functions into their products, those products become more difficult to use, manage and deploy, and therefore a major upgrade can actually represent a step backwards in the customer's eyes. The best example for me personally is Office 2007 - after a year on Office 2007 I still find I am not as productive in using this new version vs. the older version. Centrify has been very cognizant of that classic software vendor dilemma, and since day 1 we have historically invested in making our software not only functionally rich, but also easy to deploy/use/manage, as well as very non-intrusive (e.g. no AD schema mods, no painful UNIX UID rationalizing, no kernel mods, etc.). Our goal has been to NOT have our customers 'manage the management system.' The recently introduced DirectManage is another step in this vision, and in this blog post will talk about what DirectManage is and what it does.
Five years and one week ago Centrify entered the market with the announcement of DirectControl version 1.0. Today, we are pleased to announce the release of Centrify Suite 2010. In five years we have gone from 1 product to 5 products, from a few beta sites to over 1500 customers including some of the largest enterprises in the world, and from a classic Silicon Valley startup to a mature, profitable software company with staff throughout the world. In this blog post let me talk about some of the new products and new features that make up Centrify Suite 2010.