Microsoft, Ping Identity Team Up for Remote Access to Legacy Apps
The two companies are extending Azure Active Directory's user identity and access capabilities to on-premises web applications.Microsoft and Ping Identity on Sept. 14 announced a new collaboration that will soon allow Azure Active Directory (AD) customers to stretch the cloud-based user identity and access management platform's reach into their legacy web application environments. Dubbed PingAccess for Azure AD, the solution uses Azure Active Directory's (AD) Application Proxy technology and the PingAccess identity-based access control platform to provide secure, cloud-based remote access and single sign-on capabilities to legacy web applications. The Azure AD Application Proxy already offers similar functionality to standards-based applications that businesses host locally, but the new integration extends it to non-standards-based applications that employ web access management systems or header-based authentication to govern access. "This collaboration brings together two leaders in Identity to expedite enterprises' digital transformation, and the way they connect users to mobile, web, on-prem and IoT apps," Andre Durand, CEO and founder of Ping Identity, said in a statement. "Ping uniquely provides Microsoft Azure AD customers with the ability to configure web single sign-on directly within their control panel." Andrew Conway, general manager of product marketing at Microsoft Enterprise Mobility and Security, told eWEEK the solution fills a gap that many customers have been encountering. Although Azure AD provides secure single sign-on for more than 3,000 software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications, which "was great for applications that live in the cloud," organizations were "still using legacy apps that customers weren't able to bring to this cloud control point," he said.
Integrating PingAccess with Azure AD not only opens the platform up to a "broader spectrum of on-premises web apps," but it also can help organizations enhance application security, added Conway.