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February 15, 2010

Centrify unveils DirectManage

To centralise discovery, management and administration of Unix, Linux systems

By CBR Staff Writer

Centrify, a provider of security and compliance offerings, has unveiled DirectManage, a software offering that centralises the discovery, management and user administration of Unix and Linux systems through integration into active directory-based tools and processes.

According to Centrify, the new software integrates the Centrify Suite’s existing management and reporting consoles with new capabilities to ease deployment, configuration and migration. In addition, it enables IT administrators to automate and simplify processes and tasks such as discovering Unix and Linux systems, migrating accounts, provisioning zones and deploying software to systems.

The company claims that the new offering allows administrators to determine the readiness of a Unix or Linux system to join Active Directory; simplify the deployment of Centrify security offerings to Unix and Linux systems; migrate existing accounts and access rights into Active Directory; delegate the management of access rights, accounts, privileges and security policies; and centralise monitoring and auditing of user-level activity.

The DirectManage is offered as an integrated set of administration and management tools that combine the new deployment manager and zone provisioning agent. It uses migration wizard, Unix/Linux account and access management.

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In addition, the group policy management defines security policies for Unix and Linux systems and users within AD group policy, while the report centre allows users to run pre-defined and customisable reports. The audit centre establishes the accountability for user activity and privileged account access through auditing and reporting of historical activity, the company said.

Frank Cabri, vice president of marketing and business development at Centrify, said: DirectManage is our new management platform that spans all of our product offerings and reflects our commitment to increasing security while reducing the overhead of administering it. By using a single, centralised utility to manage access control and security policies, organisations can get the best visibility and control over their critical systems.

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