Symark International Joins Microsoft Interop Vendor Alliance
Microsoft Active Directory is quickly becoming the de facto standard for enterprise directory services. It has the largest market share and is a very stable, secure and scalable solution, said Eric Yoshizuru, vice president of product marketing at Symark International. Organizations across all industries typically have intricate heterogeneous IT environments consisting of multiple Windows, Linux and UNIX systems. By extending Active Directory's capabilities to Linux and UNIX platforms, Symark’s PowerADvantage provides customers with a cost-effective solution for sound systems administration to protect against insider threat and ensure compliance with PCI DSS, Sarbanes-Oxley, HIPAA and other regulations.
PowerADvantage delivers a single, centralized management solution that reduces costs, administrative overhead and training requirements while helping organizations strengthen their corporate security policies, increase productivity and simplify compliance reporting requirements. PowerADvantage enables:
Cross-platform Unified Login – Users are provided with a single login and password for all UNIX, Linux and Windows machines, eliminating the need to establish separate access credentials for varying systems. This increases efficiency and boosts productivity for end users while reducing calls to the help desk related to misplaced passwords.
Non-Intrusive Installation Process – Administrators can deploy PowerADvantage in a matter of minutes without making any changes to the Active Directory schema. PowerADvantage's simple agent installation process joins the host to Active Directory and implements the unified login function, eliminating any complex, time consuming configuration changes. Additionally, PowerADvantage's intelligent import tool streamlines and simplifies the importing and mapping of current UNIX and Linux user information directly into Active Directory.
Integration with Symark’s PowerBroker – PowerADvantage is the only solution that integrates with Symark’s PowerBroker, the industry's most comprehensive solution for authorization and access control within heterogeneous UNIX and Linux IT environments. The combination of PowerADvantage and PowerBroker enhances security and compliance efforts by facilitating efficient management of both end-user and administrator account access from Active Directory while controlling access and tasks performed using the root account.
Automated Deployment of Configuration Settings – Using Group Policy, IT administrators can leverage Active Directory to establish secure, centrally-managed configuration services to UNIX and Linux hosts (as well as to the applications running on them). Using either custom-created administrative templates or those provided by PowerADvantage, administrators create configuration settings that are automatically stored in Active Directory.
Targeted Configuration Management – PowerADvantage's configuration management capabilities leverage Active Directory's organizational unit structure to deliver targeted configuration services to any number of individual hosts within the IT environment. This enables administrators to apply the configuration settings to selected hosts or applications. For example, the Web servers running an organizations public Web site should be configured differently than the servers running the internal intranet. PowerADvantage facilitates the configuration of each group of servers differently. Additionally, customers can leverage Active Directory to establish a hierarchy of organizational units (with a specific host placed in the appropriate unit). The host will then inherit all the policies in this hierarchy and PowerADvantage will resolve any conflicting items in the policy and determine the proper group of settings to apply to the individual host.
Detailed Compliance Reports – PowerADvantage helps ensure that all activities performed on UNIX and Linux systems are written to the proper Active Directory logs. It produces audit reports required by Sarbanes-Oxley, PCI DSS and HIPAA, providing a comprehensive trail for auditors. This simplifies the compliance process, reducing overall audit costs and allowing for the more rapid discovery of inconsistencies.
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