A10 Networks Adds Xml and Provisioning Features to its Identity Management Appliance, Releases Api to Drive Development of Identity-Aware Networks
SAN JOSE, CA, Feb. 14, 2006 A10 Networks™, a pioneer in delivering a new class of identity-aware network solutions, today added substantial new features to its Identity & Access Management (IAM) appliance, the IDsentrie, first introduced in late 2005. The company also released its Application Program Interface (API) code to development partners, to drive creation of affordable, open IAM solutions across a variety of applications such as wireless networking, electronic risk management, and compliance reporting and auditing.
"Evolving the processes for IAM delivers tangible business benefits in every part of the network, and for every application. Until recently, managing identity meant installing cumbersome and expensive software, or using inefficient, manual processes to link silos of information. By adding new features such as an XML API to our appliance and releasing our API source code to partners, we are providing a foundation for a new generation of interoperable, simple and affordable IAM solutions," said Lee Chen, CEO of A10 Networks.
A10's mission is to build, itself and with the help of technology partners, an ecosystem of affordable "identity aware" network solutions that bring the benefits of IAM within reach for businesses of all sizes. The new features added today in IDsentrie Release 1.1 are designed to accelerate convergence of networking, security and identity management within corporate networks, improve internal controls and provisioning, and simplify auditing and compliance.
In an upcoming IDC spotlight report entitled "Smart Identity Security: The Next Generation of Identity and Access Management" (Feb. 2006) IDC writes that "widespread IT heterogeneity is preventing organizations from effectively securing and managing identities across data, applications, and other resources...and the ability to manage access into these resources is cumbersome at the best of times." IDC reports that A10 Networks' "consolidated and integrated approach to IAM is intended to lower total cost of ownership and produce faster return on investment. Unifying multiple technologies enables A10 to offer an economical identity management solution that represents a new price/performance benchmark in this market segment."
Highlights of the new IDsentrie features announced today include:
- an open XML API that enables exchange of identity information between IDsentrie and third-party applications, security, and network devices;
- a full-function DHCP server that offers host-to-identity correlation and tracking of 802.1x user identity information - critical features for securing and monitoring wireless networks;
- an LDAP proxy service for pass-through authentication, to augment existing access and activity reports;
- batch mode and scheduled provisioning features that allow integration of IDsentrie with HR and management platforms;
- 35 new reports to track valuable IAM statistics across dissimilar data stores and enhance internal controls;
- language localization for Asian markets, to speed IAM adoption around the globe.
Advancing Affordable IAM Through Open Architecture
The new XML interface integrated into Release 1.1 allows third party systems and devices to access identity information stored and managed by IDsentrie. In releasing its XML API to development partners, A10 will expose a thin client that can be compiled into most applications. Using the XML client, external systems can query identity information from IDsentrie using a variety of methods, which are secured by an SSL tunnel.
Several leading companies have already signaled their intent to begin testing and development with the IDsentrie XML API, such as Reconnex, the expert in enterprise risk discovery and management systems. A10 is actively recruiting additional development partners to help bring this new class of affordable, practical IAM solutions to additional applications and verticals such as healthcare, government and finance.
"As perimeter security gives way to increasingly mobile networks and heterogeneous environments, security is moving closer to the end points to safeguard critical IP. Knowing who is accessing what and when is a critical element in data security best practices today," said Phil Kwan, director of Product Marketing for A10 Networks. "By offering an open API to allow third party application access to the identity information captured by IDsentrie, A10 is helping companies simplify the complexities of network, security, and identity convergence."
Simplified and Practical Provisioning
Businesses have a wide range of HR systems and data stores to manage. To simplify the task of importing information into IDsentrie and performing provisioning tasks, IDsentrie Release 1.1 provides two helpful new features: batch mode provisioning and scheduled provisioning. By supporting common formats such as CSV files, IDsentrie can now integrate with most common applications and databases to provide near seamless provisioning and management operations. Batch mode provisioning can dramatically reduce implementation times, IT overhead, and data entry errors while scheduled provisioning can quickly disable user access to multiple data stores simultaneously.
Automated Tracking of Application Access with LDAP Proxy
LDAP authentication is one of the most widely supported authentication methods by modern applications, and as LDAP authentication requests pass through IDsentrie, the appliance can now log the application and user information. With LDAP proxy capabilities, IDsentrie can provide central LDAP authentication logging and reporting for a wide range of corporate applications. Tracking user access to specific applications is one key to achieving stronger internal controls and helping to meet tough compliance regulations such as SOX, HIPAA, and GLBA. When combined with IDsentrie's existing event correlation and authentication tracking capabilities, administrators now can automate tracking and reporting of physical access, application access, and firewall-based user activity.
Pricing and Availability
The IDsentrie appliance equipped with Release 1.1 features will be available in February 2006. Existing A10 customers with support contracts will receive the software upgrade free of charge. A10's goal of providing IAM solutions for businesses of all sizes has allowed it to create an affordable IAM solution that is often 5 to 25 times more cost effective than other leading software-based IAM solutions. For exact pricing, please contact A10 Networks.
About A10 Networks
A10 Networks was founded in 2004 with a mission to create a new class of affordable, identity-aware network solutions, including the industry's first "Smart" identity management system. A10's solutions help businesses and government increase efficiency and agility, address regulatory compliance and security risks while reducing the complexity and costs of managing global networks. A10's products unify critical identity and access management functions with networking and security to offer network administrators centralized management and unparalleled visibility into network activity. A10 is a well-financed, privately held company headquartered in San Jose, California, with offices in Beijing. For more information, visit www.a10networks.com.
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