Idaptive vs Centrify®

Idaptive vs Centrify. It’s not a common occurrence, generally, to compare identity management products from the same company. But, given Thoma Bravo’s (owner of Centrify and Idaptive) recent decision to spin off SSO to a completely new service—Idaptive—it makes sense to take a look at the two solutions. Additionally, we will seek to answer what these changes mean to customers, potential customers, and the industry at large.

Why Split Idaptive from Centrify?

From the outside, it appears that Centrify decided to separate their lines of business into two companies—Centrify and Idaptive. Centrify has been a long-time player in the identity and access management (IAM) space, so it was surprising to see their business get split in two. Today, the Centrify business is focused on privileged identity management while Idaptive will forge ahead as a web application single sign-on (SSO) company. On the surface, it seems as if this new model would only serve to confuse its current and prospective customers. With that in mind, it’s important to get some backstory in order to better understand what’s really going on here.

Active Directory at the Center

Centrify started as a directory extension solution that connected Active Directory (AD) to Mac® and Linux®/Unix systems. Over time, the company expanded into a number of different areas including privileged identity management, web application single sign-on, multi-factor authentication (MFA), and much more. Essentially, Centrify was trying to serve as the one-stop shop for Active Directory add-ons, and honestly, there was no shortage of needs to bring AD up to speed with the rapidly changing IT market.

Outside Challenges and Reasons for a Split

While this strategy was seemingly successful for a number of years, soon challenges would appear. Focused competitors like Okta® dominated the enterprise web application SSO space. While Okta was able to focus on one aspect of IAM, Centrify was working in multiple areas, which may have served to dilute their focus. Centrify was fighting another battle as well, which was that their software was enterprise-class and on-prem. So, as more nimble SaaS competitors appeared, Centrify was challenged (Read more...)

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