Centrify Sees Strong Market Demand for Consolidation of Enterprise Mobility Management and Cloud Identity
Rapid Customer Adoption, Industry Accolades, and OEM Partnerships Validate Centrify’s Mobile- and Cloud-Centric Approach to Identity Management
November 04, 2014
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Centrify Corporation, the leader in unified identity management across cloud, mobile and data center today announced rapidly growing customer adoption and broad industry support for Centrify User Suite, its innovative cloud-based offering that takes a truly integrated approach to converging mobility and identity management.
Thousands of Centrify User Suite customers are now embracing a converged mobility and identity solution as their employees demand single sign-on (SSO) access to cloud applications via mobile devices. This represents a two-fold increase in the number of Centrify cloud customers since the beginning of the year.
“Centrify’s cross-platform support was key for us,” said Jarrett Swereda, senior business analyst at The Canadian Automobile Association of Saskatchewan. “Most other companies simply didn’t offer it, and if they did, the cost was exorbitant. Within the first year, we’ll achieve a 200 percent return on our Centrify investment in licensing fees alone. If we figure in the cost of updating our previous solution, we’ll break even in a matter of weeks.”
“The Centrify User Suite is purpose-built for both identity and access management (IAM) and enterprise mobility management (EMM),” said Tom Kemp, CEO of Centrify. “Instead of piecing together disparate product lines, from day one we took a fresh approach by natively integrating single sign-on and provisioning in a mobile environment. We know that in a world where users switch from device to device, the real imperative is not securing a device at a given point of time but continuously securing users and their identity.”
Enterprises work better when mobility and identity are combined. For example, with Centrify User Suite employees can easily access company apps from their mobile devices with a single click when they’re in the office. And when they’re out of the physical office, they can be prompted to provide additional authentication. This is a perfect example of device policy, location policy, app policy and identity policy integrated as a smoothly functioning whole (see video).
Industry analysts agree that the once-distinct markets of identity and mobility must inevitably converge. In a recent report, Gartner wrote that “By 2018, 25 percent of corporate data traffic will flow directly from mobile devices to the cloud.”1 Additionally, Kuppinger Cole analysts noted that “Centrify User Suite extends the reach of IAM not only to the cloud but also to mobile users. This makes Centrify’s User Suite quite different from other offerings in the Cloud User and Access Management market.”
Customers appreciate that the Centrify User Suite is a cloud single sign-on product that’s built from the ground up with truly integrated mobile capabilities. “We deployed Centrify User Suite to extend secure remote and on-site single sign-on access to university applications and computing resources, further enabling USC’s powerful learning environment while avoiding hundreds of thousands of dollars in new IT infrastructure investment,” said Michael Goay, executive director of IT for Viterbi Business Affairs, University of Southern California. “USC views the Centrify project as an investment in our students, but it has offered significant savings as well. The value of enabling BYOD in one classroom alone is more than $60,000.”
As further validation of its mobile- and cloud-centric approach, Centrify has expanded its strategic OEM partnerships with leading security vendors, including Samsung Electronics Co. and AVG, who are leveraging Centrify technology to meet the growing market demand for Identity as a Service (IDaaS) solutions. Centrify is now the sole technology provider powering the cloud-based identity and access management features of the Samsung KNOX EMM cloud-based service, as well as the AVG CloudCare IDaaS solution for managed service providers and their SMB customers.
Along with new partners and customers, Centrify continues to expand both geographically and technologically to meet the growing demand for its IDaaS offering. Most recently, Centrify entered the Australian market through its recent deployment in Microsoft’s new Azure data center. The company is also bolstering innovation with the addition of several new features to the Centrify User Suite. These additions include improved support for on-premises apps, a feature that allows users to seamlessly connect to the behind-the-firewall apps they need via a single five minute software install. Additionally, Centrify User Suite now provides support for multiple Active Directory Domains in a single tenant. This feature eliminates complexity in large organizations and in situations where companies are merged or acquired.
Centrify provides unified identity management across cloud, mobile and data center environments that delivers single sign-on (SSO) for users and a simplified identity infrastructure for IT. Centrify’s unified identity management software and cloud-based Identity-as-a-Service (IDaaS) solutions leverage an organization’s existing identity infrastructure to enable single sign-on, multi-factor authentication, privileged identity management, auditing for compliance and mobile device management. Centrify customers can typically reduce their total cost of identity management and compliance by more than 50 percent, while improving business agility and overall security. Centrify is used by more than 5,000 customers worldwide, including nearly half of the Fortune 50 and more than 60 Federal agencies. For more information, please visit http://www.centrify.com/
Note 1 – Gartner, “Mind the SaaS Security Gaps,” by Craig Lawson and Sid Deshpande, Oct. 3, 2014.
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