Quick heads up that Centrify is doing a joint webinar with Box on March 28th where we are going to discuss the issues, technologies and policies required for next generation management of employee or corporate-owned devices, smartphones, and tablets. This presentation will cover how to approach identity and authentication, enterprise app management, enabling single sign-on to apps, along with policy and architectural considerations for managing mobility projects across a myriad of platforms, use cases and enterprise boundaries.
Earlier this week we announced an expanded partnership with Canonical, the guys behind Ubuntu Linux. The net net of the relationship is that Canonical is now distributing Centrify's free Active Directory authentication solution, Centrify Express, through its Ubuntu Software Partner Repository.
Group Logic, our fellow partner in the Enterprise Desktop Alliance, recently came out with an interesting survey of Mac usage in higher education, and I thought in this blog post I would highlight a few key findings.
Earlier this year we signed a technology licensing agreement with Microsoft that gave us the rights to leverage key protocols and patents from Microsoft in the area of securing communications in the cloud, and today we announced that agreement as part of our recent wave of announcements around securing systems and apps deployed in the cloud.
I was pleased to see that one of our partners, TekVault, recently issued a press release re: a mutual customer, First New York Securities, who has deployed our software to help the customer manage and secure their fast growing Linux environment.
At MacWorld we announced the release of DirectControl version 4.4 for Apple Mac OS X. With this release we expanded the number of Mac-centric Group Policies we offer, added support for FileVault, further enhanced our Snow Leopard support and delivered tighter integration with Group Logic's ExtremeZ-IP. We are also proud to announce that our support for the government Common Access Card (CAC) was certified by the Department of Defense Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC).
On Monday we announced that a special McAfee-certified package of Centrify DirectControl for Mac OS X is now available for use with McAfee's ePolicy Orchestrator.
I am pleased to announce that last quarter (i.e. quarter ending December 2009) was another record quarter for us, capping off a great year of year-to-year growth in the face of a tough economy. The last two quarters were in fact by far the two best quarters we ever had as a company, and, like last quarter, we were again profitable. So I say again: "LET THE WILD RUMPUS START!"
The Enterprise Desktop Alliance, whose purpose is to facilitate the acceptance of the Mac in environments managed with Microsoft Windows (and of which Centrify is a founding member), is hosting a webinar on June 2nd to help IT professionals learn how to integrate Macs into their Windows environment.
As you may recall from a prior blog post on this topic, Centrify DirectControl is being demo'ed in Microsoft's "Integrate Your IT Environment" Windows/UNIX/Linux interoperability road show being hosted at Microsoft offices in 15 cities throughout the United States (Centrify is also an event partner as well). As reported this weekend on Keith Combs' blahg, the event on May 6th is being simulcast live from Downers Grove, IL and you can virtually attend the event by visiting http://tinyurl.com/interop-webinar (the same URL lets you also view the replay of the session that will be available a few days later).
Centrify is pleased to be an event partner in the Microsoft TechNet Event "Integrate Your IT Environment" being hosted at Microsoft offices in 15 cities throughout the United States. Microsoft and Centrify will demonstrate how Centrify's DirectControl software solution can extend Microsoft Active Directory to seamlessly manage and secure UNIX, Linux, and Mac platforms and non-Microsoft applications.
Our partner NetApp in a recent blog post gave a shout-out to Centrify and how we can help secure NFSv4, so I thought I would return the favor and give our take on how a customer can leverage DirectControl's Active Directory integration and Kerberos support to implement NFSv4 with Kerberos authentication.
I am happy to report that as of last week, after working with SAP Waldorf and the SAP Integration and Certification Center (ICC), we have officially certified the integration of Centrify DirectControl for SAP on UNIX 4.1 with SAP Netweaver via BC-SNC 4.0.
GroupLogic - one of Centrify's partners in the Enterprise Desktop Alliance has just released a very interesting survey detailing the major issues and concerns when faced with Mac integration within the enterprise.
I found it interesting to read that one analyst is predicting that Apple will ship 3 million Macs this quarter, which would put Apple on a glide path to grow global PC market share from to 4.2% in 2009 from 2.9% in 2007.
Today five enterprise software companies announced the creation of the Enterprise Desktop Alliance (EDA) to facilitate the acceptance of the Mac in environments managed with Microsoft Windows. Centrify is pleased to be one of these five software companies participating in the EDA.
Today we announced DirectControl 4.1. While a relatively minor release, it adds over 20 additional operating systems to our industry-leading list of non-Microsoft platforms (now over 135 platforms), Windows 2008 support, new web application support and also adds misc. support tools and utilities. It will be released by the end of April.
As many of you know Centrify DirectControl provides a comprehensive solution for global policy enforcement by extending Windows Group Policy services to Linux, UNIX and Mac systems. I want to use this blog entry to describe in a bit more detail how Centrify DirectControl implements Group Policy in a heterogeneous environment.
Back in October of 2007 I blogged about the launch of the Kerberos Consortium and how Centrify was a "Founding Sponsor" of the Kerberos Consortium, joining fellow sponsors and supporters such as industry vendors Google, Sun and Apple in supporting this important initiative. Since then a number of universities and US government agencies (e.g. NASA and the DOD) have joined the Consortium, but probably the biggest news of late is that Microsoft has also signed up as a Founding Sponsor and joined the Consortium's Executive Board.
Doug Barney and the folks at Redmond Magazine have been great to work with over the years. Last August in a feature spread on "Working with Microsoft" they were kind enough to run a sidebar article on Centrify and my approach to working with Microsoft entitled "Two-Time Winner." It is always great to see our ability to successfully execute a partner relationship with Microsoft recognized in a public forum. Fast forward a year or so, and I am depicted as one of the industry's "Windows Gurus" on the cover of the October 2007 issue of Redmond Magazine.
Today we announced some results from our second full fiscal year of selling products on the market. We run a July 1 to June 30 fiscal year, so our crack accounting team is now done counting the numbers for our last fiscal year. Suffice to say we are very pleased with the results, having basically exceeded our expectations across the board. Some of the highlights from the last 12 months include...