Centrify Express 2014

Free vs. Paid: Reasons to Upgrade

Centrify Express is primarily useful when you need proven Active Directory authentication for a small number of systems that do not need advanced access control, privilege management and auditing. And, once you are managing large numbers of systems, centralized management tools also become necessary, as do the guaranteed Technical Support service levels that come with a Centrify license. The following table lists some of the most important reasons why you would want to upgrade to the full Centrify Server Suite for UNIX and Linux or the Centrify User Suite, Mac Edition. See Which Centrify Suite Edition is Right for You? for a feature-by-feature comparison.

Technical Support Free Versions Paid Versions
Service Levels Community Standard (9x5) live support.
Premium (24x7x365) optional.
Product Features Free Features Paid Features
Centrify for Mac Basic Active Directory authentication Supported Supported
Cloud-based policy management Supported Supported
Advanced Active Directory authentication Supported Supported
Group Policy management Supported Supported
Automated user and computer certificate management Supported Supported
Automated FileVault management Supported Supported
Advanced reporting Supported Supported
Centrify for *NIX Broad platform support 300 platforms over 450 platforms
Basic Active Directory authentication Supported Supported
Advanced Active Directory authentication Supported Supported
Account provisioning Supported Supported
Migration tools Supported Supported
Single pane of glass management for identity, authorization and audit across all supported platforms Supported Supported
Delegated administration Supported Supported
Role-based access control Supported Supported
Privilege elevation management Supported Supported
Group Policy management Supported Supported
Advanced reporting Supported Supported
User session auditing Supported Supported
Server isolation and encryption Supported Supported
SSO plugins for SAP, DB2, Apache or Java Supported Supported