Former Salesforce.com Execs Launch New On-Demand Service to Accelerate Secure Adoption of Cloud Apps
SAN FRANCISCO – January 27, 2011 – Okta today unveiled a new on-demand identity and access management service that helps enterprises accelerate the adoption of their cloud and web-based applications. Okta empowers IT to centrally secure and control access to applications, provides end users single sign-on for all of their web apps, and gives the business the insight it needs to maximize ROI while minimizing risk.
The rise of Software as a Service has made it easy for companies to adopt a wide variety of business critical applications but has also introduced a new set of challenges for both IT and end users. With Okta, IT can address the security and management challenges by integrating cloud applications with existing directory services, controlling access across applications, quickly provisioning and de-provisioning employees, and centrally analyzing usage across all applications. For end users, Okta provides single sign-on across all of their applications, eliminating password fatigue and improving their productivity.
“As businesses shift more critical applications to the cloud, they are challenged to maintain the same degree of control that they have with their on-premise applications,” said Daryl Plummer, managing vice president and Gartner fellow. “Cloud services brokers focusing on identify and access management who can secure, and integrate multiple cloud services will facilitate more secure, cross enterprise adoption of cloud based services – and that will convince a lot of enterprises to buy.”
Early Okta customers include Pandora, LiveOps, Enterasys, FusionStorm, and AMAG Pharmaceuticals. With Okta they have increased user productivity, reduced administrative costs by up to 85%, and improved security associated with application access.
“Okta helped us reduce costs, improve security, and accelerate cloud applications adoption,” said Ben Doyle, Director of IT, Enterasys. “We now have one active directory integration for all of our cloud applications, users have one-click access to their Web-based apps, and IT has centralized control of user access with a high degree of automation.”
Okta is an on-demand identity and access management service that enables enterprises to accelerate the secure adoption of their web based applications. Adding new users to Okta is as easy as adding a user to any other SaaS application. Once activated, each end-user receives a customized homepage providing single sign-on across applications, and self-service across applications and credentials.
For IT, Okta provides centralized administration across people, applications, and policies for all cloud and web applications. The Okta Application Network offers hundreds of pre-integrated business and consumer applications from vendors such as ADP, Big Machines, Cisco, Citrix, Concur, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Oracle, Salesforce.com, Taleo, and Twitter. Adding new applications requires just a single point and click.
For both IT and business executives Okta also offers centralized reporting and analytics. One system log captures a comprehensive set of activity events across both Okta and the integrated applications. Pre-canned reports are available to track activity, ensure compliance and monitor application usage and ROI.
“Enterprises everywhere are realizing the inherent benefits of running their core IT services in the cloud,” said Todd McKinnon, CEO, Okta. “But, this shift fundamentally requires them to rethink their IT infrastructure and how their employees access it. Okta is the only enterprise class, on-demand service purpose built to help customer secure and manage their entire cloud services network and the people who need access to it, with no professional services required.”
Okta is the market leading on-demand identity and access management service that enables enterprises to accelerate the secure adoption of their web based applications, both in the cloud and behind the firewall. Okta delivers a complete solution addressing the needs of IT, end users, and business leaders; no customization required.
Okta’s intial service is built on a secure, reliable and extensible on-demand, multi-tenant cloud services platform. That platform will be the foundation for a growing set of core Okta and partner services that empower businesses to eliminate cloud adoption barriers and unlock the potential of the cloud for enterprise users everywhere.
The Okta team has built, deployed, and supported market leading, on-demand and enterprise software solutions from companies including Salesforce.com, SuccessFactors, PeopleSoft, Microsoft, Sun, and HP. Okta is backed by premiere angel and venture investors including Andreessen Horowitz, FLOODGATE, and Ron Conway. For more information, visit us at www.Okta.com or follow us on www.okta.com/blog.
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