On Oct. 21, Mountain View, Calif.based Centrify Corp. added DirectAuthorize to its suite of products for integrating Active Directory into mixed Linux and Windows environments. DirectAuthorize streamlines user access rights management so that administrators no longer have to configure rights separately on Windows servers and then on non-Windows servers. By consolidating information in a centralized location, DirectAuthorize eliminates redundant rework.
DirectAuthorize arrives as the third member of a line of products created to ease the task of managing mixed environments with Active Directory. The other two products, DirectControl and DirectAudit, perform centralized authentication and auditing.
“Typically we serve customers who are looking to introduce Linux, Hewlett-Packard, AIX, or Unix into their environments, and also often VMware.” Centrify CEO Tom Kemp said. “In terms of access rights and password management, that ends up being a lot of sticky notes next to your screen.” DirectAuthorize replaces non-Windows systems’ authorization infrastructure with that of Active Directory, which allows admins to move all user authorization information to a central location and to manage it from that location.