Centrify Releases Fast and Easy Migration to Microsoft Office 365 for Access Management

By CIOReview | Tuesday, May 13, 2014

NEW ORLEANS: Centrify, a provider of Unified Identity Services across data center, cloud and mobile has launched Centrify for Office 365, a comprehensive solution for Active Directory-based single sign-on, user provisioning and mobile management for Office 365.

With Centrify, organizations can simplify and speed Office 365 migrations in a lesser time. It reduces helpdesk burden, improve access controls, and leverage their existing Active Directory infrastructure and skillsets. Centrify for Office 365, an Azure-based service, delivers full support for Office 365, simplifies the deployment of federated identity, provides a rich catalog of pre-integrated SaaS apps, and delivers “Zero Sign-On” for rich mobile clients that require access to Office 365. It also provides seamless integration with Active Directory in minutes.

“Microsoft has evaluated Centrify for Office 365 across key user scenarios and has qualified it as a ‘Works with Office 365’ solution,” said the company.

“Office 365 is on track to be one of the fastest growing businesses in Microsoft’s history. We look forward to working with partners like Centrify who enable a frictionless experience for customers looking to leverage their Microsoft Active Directory for seamless federation to Office 365,” said Arpan Shah, Senior Director of Product Management for Office 365, Microsoft.

With Centrify, users easily reset their Active Directory password, unlock their account, and manage their personal data inside Active Directory themselves. If the Centrify for Mobile solution is installed on their mobile devices, users can also enable self-service features such as locating, locking or wiping their lost device. The end result is user self-empowerment, the elimination of redundant solutions, and reduced helpdesk burden for day-to-to-day administration.

Centrify is a longtime valued partner of Microsoft as a result of bridging Active Directory to millions of existing UNIX, Linux and Mac systems and applications. The integration with Office 365 continues to align Centrify strategically with Microsoft as Centrify expands to integrate and manage mobile devices and cloud applications.

The Centrify Cloud Service is a multi-tenanted cloud service that provides secure communication from on-premise Active Directory to SaaS applications accessed. The Centrify Cloud Service facilitates secure single sign-on and controls access to SaaS applications by acting as a security token service, which can authenticate users to the user portal with Kerberos, SAML or an Active Directory username/password; then logs the user into their SaaS application through a one-click selection from a list of permitted SaaS applications. Additionally, the Centrify Cloud Service enables user self-service for mobile device and Active Directory profiles while auditing all management and user activities.