In my last blog post I talked about the major investments Centrify is making in the form of enhancing the security, reliability and scalability of the Centrify Cloud Service. In this blog post I want to talk about how we are extending our cloud identity aka Identity as a Service (IDaaS) offering through partnerships with some of the industry’s leading cloud providers.
First up is NetSuite. For those that are not familiar with NetSuite, NetSuite is the world’s leading provider of cloud-based business management software. NetSuite helps companies manage core business processes with a single, fully integrated system covering ERP/financials, CRM, ecommerce, inventory and more. More than 16,000 high-growth and midsized companies and divisions of large enterprises use NetSuite to run more effectively without the high costs and inefficiency of on-premise systems.
Recently Centrify formed a partnership with NetSuite to deliver Centrify for NetSuite. Centrify for NetSuite is a comprehensive solution for Active Directory-based NetSuite single sign-on, user provisioning and mobile management for NetSuite. With Centrify, organizations can secure NetSuite for employees, reduce helpdesk burden, improve access controls, and leverage their existing Active Directory infrastructure and skillsets.
The cool thing is that by controlling access to SaaS applications such as NetSuite through Centrify for SaaS and centrally authenticating users with their Active Directory identity, IT gains valuable insight into which applications are in use, and can easily de-provision access to business critical SaaS applications when users leave the organization. With easy and thorough reporting on who has access to NetSuite and other SaaS applications, and what they did with that access privilege, IT can more quickly prove compliance with regulations and industry best practices — freeing up expensive IT resources to deliver on other business critical projects.
Here is what Guido Haarmans, Vice President of Business Development for Technology Partners at NetSuite, had to say about our work with NetSuite:
“Centrify provides a valuable integration into Active Directory for users of our leading cloud-based business management software. With Centrify, IT departments get free Active Directory integration and access controls, while users get the convenience of Zero Sign-On to their NetSuite, providing one less password to remember and maintain. We look forward to our continued work with Centrify through the SuiteCloud Developer Network.”
Check out this web page that shows our NetSuite single sign-on in action.
Next up: Dropbox. Dropbox is of course a free service that lets you bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily. They have over 100 million users, and have been making great inroads recently into the enterprise, and recently announced Dropbox for Business. A key piece to any cloud-based business offering is for the cloud provider to add SAML support to facilitate single sign-on, which Dropbox just shipped support for.
By working with Dropbox to make that happen, Centrify also recently delivered Active Directory-based Dropbox single sign-on via our Centrify for Dropbox solution. It was cool to see me quoted in TechCrunch regarding this partnership. Through this partnership Centrify is now a preferred SSO and identity management partner for Dropbox, meaning that like NetSuite, our respective support organizations can ensure customers get SSO up and running smoothly.
In addition, the Centrify and Dropbox partnership uniquely goes beyond browser SSO to give users mobile “Zero Sign-on” to the Dropbox mobile app, with Dropbox’s plans to support Centrify’s Mobile Authentication Services. Dropbox and Centrify are focused on giving businesses more flexibility and productivity by giving users easy and secure access to Dropbox on all devices regardless of location. Together, Dropbox and Centrify are working with the leading mobile containerization vendors to ensure secure, seamless access to content inside the container. Dropbox users can leverage technology like Samsung KNOX without compromising the one-click experience or enterprise-grade security.
Here is what Ari Friedland, Head of Business Development, Dropbox for Business, had to say about partnering with Centrify:
“We’re excited to partner with Centrify to offer single sign-on and an integration with Samsung KNOX to Dropbox for Business customers of all sizes across the world. Leveraging the SSO industry standard, SAML, we look forward to working with Centrify to enable a frictionless experience for customers seeking to leverage their Active Directory identities for seamless access to Dropbox.”
Follow this link to learn more about our single sign-on for Dropbox.
So besides investing in our IDaaS technology, we are investing in meaningful partnerships to ensure customer success as they move to the cloud and look to use cloud security solutions from Centrify. Stay tuned for more exciting news on the Centrify Cloud Services front!