"Managing the privileged accounts for large enterprises is a sensitive and mission-critical operation that was previously available only as an on-premises solution," said Philip Lieberman, President and CEO of Lieberman Software. "We're extending privileged identity management to Windows Azure, because it is now secure enough to run ERPM and store the cryptographically sensitive 'keys to the IT kingdom' that are generated and managed by our product. Microsoft Azure not only delivers a highly trustworthy platform, it does so faster and at a lower price than on-premises solutions."
"This is significant because PIM is a mission-critical operation in most enterprises," Lieberman continued. "PIM solutions discover, manage and store powerful superuser account credentials, such as root and administrator, in highly sensitive and distributed environments. Data integrity, fault tolerance and scalability are keys to its mission. Our customer base is worldwide and includes organizations that are part of the critical national infrastructure of the United States. These customers require uncompromising up-time, security, transparency and performance. By providing both on-premises and cloud-based solutions, we can more quickly meet the needs of our clients without compromising quality or security."
ERPM and Azure: Delivering Privileged Identity Management in the Cloud
ERPM automatically manages the entire privileged identity lifecycle. It operates as a service platform capable of providing automation and programmatic orchestration of privileged credentials and other sensitive data generated on a massive scale in multi-tenant service provider and enterprise environments. Windows Azure is an open and flexible cloud platform that enables users to quickly build, deploy and manage applications across a global network of Microsoft-managed datacenters – making it an ideal environment to deploy ERPM at scale.
"One of the key reasons we selected Windows Azure as our go-to-market public cloud platform was because of its worldwide deployment of data centers," Lieberman said. "With Windows Azure, we can bring up an enterprise grade privileged identity management solution globally in less than one hour, and have it appear as part of a client's existing infrastructure within this same time frame. Given how many different platforms ERPM manages, and at a massive scale, the elastic computing of Windows Azure is very appealing."
By supporting pre-built Azure images and PowerShell scripts, an entire ERPM environment can be rapidly deployed within Azure, and orchestrated with minimal operator intervention. Via the Azure control panel, users can distribute the components of ERPM anywhere in the world where Azure data centers are located.
ERPM leverages Windows Azure's integration with Microsoft System Center 2012 to migrate between Azure and on premises locations, ensuring that all endpoints are securely managed through the cloud or on site.
The Pricing and Licensing Advantage
Running a privileged identity management solution in a large environment usually involves heavy workloads supported by a significant amount of hardware. Customers who deploy ERPM through Windows Azure can do so without a large capital investment. Many customers incur no additional license costs for instances of Windows Server 2012 or SQL Server in Azure, and have no additional hardware requirements.
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About Lieberman Software Corporation
Lieberman Software provides privileged identity management and security management products to more than 1200 customers worldwide, including nearly half of the Fortune 50. By automatically discovering and managing privileged accounts throughout the network, Lieberman Software helps secure access to sensitive data, thereby reducing internal and external security vulnerabilities, improving IT productivity and helping ensure regulatory compliance. The company developed the first solution for the privileged account management space, and its products, including Enterprise Random Password Manager (ERPM), continue to lead the market. ERPM is a cross-platform privileged identity management solution that offers multilingual support for 24 languages. Lieberman Software is headquartered in Los Angeles, CA, with offices and channel partners located around the world. For more information, visit www.liebsoft.com.