Quest Launches New-Gen Access Management for Cloud

One Identity Connect for Cloud removes a significant inhibitor to digital transformation: complexity.

Quest Software, the enterprise IT tool company Dell essentially rented for four years to be Dell Software, and the bigger company have officially parted ways. Dell bought EMC and has new software companies like VMware and Pivotal on its team, and Quest is now going forward on its own under new ownership.

One Identity, a business entity now operating under Quest Software, has launched a new-gen identity and access-management package called One Identity Connect for Cloud to govern users of cloud applications. It's the first new product from Quest since Dell's people packed up from Aliso Viejo, Calif. last summer and moved back to Austin.

The announcement was made at the recent 2016 Gartner Identity and Access Management Summit in Las Vegas.

One Identity Connect for Cloud removes a significant inhibitor to digital transformation: complexity. Using this toolset, enterprises now can rapidly extend identity governance, access controls, compliance reporting and provisioning/de-provisioning to popular cloud-based apps including Salesforce, ServiceNow, Box.net, DropBox, Concur and Amazon AWS and many more.

Extension of One Identity Manager to Cloud

One Identity Connect for Cloud extends the capabilities of the original One Identity Manager to cloud applications, representing a major identity and access management milestone. The product is the first in the industry, Quest claims, to embrace the System for Cross-domain Identity Management (SCIM) as the common interface between on-premise and SaaS applications, enabling One Identity developers to address the IAM needs of multiple cloud applications from a single SCIM interface.

The new SCIM support in Identity Manager uses Dell Boomi, an integration platform as a service (iPaas), that enables cloud applications to talk directly to One Identity Manager for complete identity management of cloud-based applications in a traditionally difficult-to-address hybrid environment.

In contrast to competing offerings—which require custom connectors developed for each cloud application, each time—Connect for Cloud provides one interface, eliminating time-consuming custom coding and one-off connections to on-board hundreds of cloud applications today, and many more in the coming months.

Enabler of Digital Transformation

A 2016 survey of global businesses found that 97 percent of respondents are investing in digital technologies to transform their businesses, yet only 18 percent reported that security has been involved in these initiatives, most likely because security slows them down.

Because cloud applications are a major component of any digital journey, Connect for Cloud mitigates ad-hoc security issues related to their use and enables their quicker and more complete adoption, senior director, product management at One Identity Jackson Shaw told eWEEK.

"Organizations can manage identity governance for on-premise, hybrid and cloud deployments from a single interface and with a single set of policies, rules, workflows, and identities, granting full visibility into users, rights, data and applications regardless of where they reside," Shaw said.

One Identity Connect for Cloud is available now worldwide for One Identity Manager 7.1 customers. Go here for more information.

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