MSP Cloud Feature Article
July 31, 2012

Forrester Names Symplified a Leader in Cloud Identity, Access Management

Based on its product, strategy and market presence, cloud identity company Symplified has been named a leader among cloud identity and access management solutions, in a recent report published by Forrester Research (News - Alert).

In the July 2012 report, “The Forrester Wave: Enterprise Cloud Identity and Access Management (IAM), Q3 2012,” Forrester evaluated six of the top cloud IAM vendors against 15 criteria grouped into three broad categories: current offering, strategy and market presence.

Those making the cut demonstrated cloud IAM services that are based on their own intellectual property and are highly tailored to meet the requirements of cloud service access control and offer the best capabilities for an integrated offering, according to Forrester analysts Andras Cser and Eve Maler.

“Today’s economic environment has forced security and risk professionals to consider SaaS (News - Alert) alternatives to on-premises monolithic IAM offerings. Leaders in this market offer SaaS application access control and will continue to have a positive impact by expanding strong authentication, provisioning and attestation capabilities,” analysts wrote in the report. “Symplified provides great access control to SaaS applications. It has its own IP-based solution, which is one of the longest-standing in the cloud IAM market.”

As on-premises IAM solutions mature, according to Forrester, cost savings will dictate which providers will lead the pack. In its evaluation of the six service providers in the cloud IAM category, Forrester touted Symplified for its architectural stability and protocol and endpoint support.

“(Symplified) offers good architectural stability through its Identity Router customer-premises equipment infrastructure, which can be deployed as a software or hardware appliance or as a cloud connector,” the report said. “Symplified offers broad protocol and endpoint support, and it partners with Symantec’s VIP service for strong authentication as well as CSC (News - Alert) for reseller and system integration.”

Symplified is a “pioneer” of cloud-based Single Sign-On (SSO) offering SAML-as-a-Service federation capability since 2006, according to Eric Olden, CEO of Symplified.

“We believe that being recognized as a Leader in Cloud IAM by Forrester further validates our position in the market,” Olden said. “Symplified is leading the way in making cloud SSO secure, simple and seamless – enabling enterprises to better navigate the challenges of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies and the proliferation of both public and private cloud-based services and applications.”

Earlier this year, Symplified announced the availability of Symplified Structure, which allows service providers, telcos and cloud application hosting companies to integrate identity and access management (IAM) across their suite of cloud services, TMCnet reported.

Symplified Structure is built on the company’s IAM platform and can be bundled or embedded into any service provider datacenter and private-label branded. The service can be delivered via the Symplified Trust Cloud that is hosted on the Amazon Web Services (News - Alert) infrastructure.

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Edited by Braden Becker

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