Centrify and IBM Secure Enterprise Hadoop


IBM® BigInsights™ for Apache™ Hadoop is an industry standard Hadoop offering that combines the best of open source software with enterprise-grade capabilities.

It helps organizations to cost effectively manage and analyze big data – the volume and variety of data that customers and businesses create and collect every day. IBM has worked with partners like Centrify to make sure BigInsights integrates easily with enterprise infrastructure securely.

Solutions that store sensitive and business critical data including customer, financial and personally identifiable information (PII), should be governed by corporate security and compliance policies. Only users with a business need should have access to IBM BigInsights environments, least privilege should be enforced, and activity should be audited to satisfy regulatory compliance requirements.

The Centrify Infrastructure Services solution for BigInsights is an enterprise-grade offering that makes securing complex BigInsights environments simple and straightforward by connecting your BigInsights cluster to your existing Active Directory infrastructure. The result is enterprise-wide authentication, access control, privilege management, auditing and secure machine-to-machine communications which includes your BigInsights clusters, nodes and services.

By leveraging Centrify Infrastructure Services, IBM customers can:

  • Secure and simplify BigInsights environments without the hassle of deploying and managing new identity infrastructure. Centrify makes it simple to run Hadoop in secure mode by leveraging your existing identity management infrastructure — Active Directory. Minimize costs by eliminating the need for parallel solutions — that may not be enterprise ready — and leveraging existing skill sets.
  • Increase productivity and security via single sign-on for IT admins and BigInsights users. By extending the power of Active Directory’s Kerberos and LDAP capabilities to your BigInsights clusters, Centrify delivers authentication for BigInsights administrators and end users.
  • Secure machine-to-machine communication across the nodes in your cluster. Centrify automates BigInsights service account management. Centrify not only secures user identity but also system and service account identity.
  • Mitigate threats resulting from identity-related risks and address compliance and audit requirements. BigInsights environments store your organization’s most important data. Centrify controls access, manages privileges, audits activity and associates everything back to an individual, thereby making your data more secure. Centrify delivers cost-effective compliance with reporting on who has access and who did what across BigInsights clusters, nodes and services.

Learn how Centrify helps rapidly deploy Hadoop in secure mode and simplify identity management for customers of IBM Big Insights.