MapR and Centrify Secure Enterprise Hadoop


MapR delivers a proven, enterprise-grade Hadoop platform that supports a broad set of mission-critical, real-time production uses. MapR brings unprecedented dependability, ease-of-use and speed to Hadoop, NoSQL, database and streaming applications in one unified distribution.

Centrify delivers unified identity management by addressing the needs of both end and privileged users across data center, cloud and mobile environments.

As with MapR, Centrify Infrastructure Services was engineered for the data center with IT operations in mind. Our shared ethos has led to a strong partnership focused on delivering robust, comprehensive identity management for MapR distributions — no matter the complexity.


Mitesh Shah, Product Manager at MapR, explains how Centrify helps MapR customers rapidly deploy Hadoop in Secure Mode with simplified user identity and access management via Active Directory (3:04mins).

“Centrify’s capabilities around privileged identity management extend our own security enhancements for enterprise-grade Hadoop. Our customers use Hadoop in a range of applications including those that require a sophisticated level of protection. Centrify’s seamless integration with MapR is a great addition to our partner ecosystem and we expect it to serve as a valuable security option for our customers.”

- Jon Posnik, Vice President of Business Development, MapR Technologies

Centrify Infrastructure Services delivers capabilities specifically for Hadoop environments, is MapR certified to ensure customer support from both organizations and provides seamless compatibility and extensive testing for guaranteed interoperability.

By leveraging Centrify Infrastructure Services, MapR customers can now:

  • Rapidly deploy the MapR distribution including Apache Hadoop in Secure Mode
    Centrify enables MapR distribution to run in secure mode by enforcing user authentication via your existing identity management infrastructure — Active Directory.
  • Simplify user access to MapR clusters through Active Directory-based single sign-on
    By extending Active Directory’s Kerberos and LDAP capabilities to Hadoop clusters, Centrify for MapR leverages existing Active Directory-based authentication for Hadoop administrators and end users. This increases user productivity and enhances security as users log in as themselves.
  • Establish regulatory compliance through least privilege policies and user activity auditing across the cluster
    Centrify helps MapR customers eliminate the use of root privileges by enabling per command privilege elevation or whitelisted restricted shell. Centrify audits user access to Hadoop clusters, records user session activity, centrally stores session recordings, and ensures accountability through correlated activity across the cluster.

Centrify Infrastructure Services and MapR solution is already in joint production across thousands of Hadoop nodes. Centrify provides support for MapR through automated service account creation and distribution, documented integration guides, tools/scripting and tech support.

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