"We are pleased that federation between VIS for Office 365 and Microsoft 365 has been verified and found to be inter-operable so that our customers can take advantage of this solution."- Vijay Kumar,
The OptimalCloud™ is a scalable and customizable Identity and Access Management (IAM) solution that deploys easily and provides seamless and secure access to thousands of applications using single sign-on technology. The OptimalCloud offers multi-factor authentication and authorization from any data store, provides delegated administration and user management enablement, can be deployed in the cloud, or federated to other organizations. The OptimalCloud also comes with 24 x 7 x 365 support and a guaranteed 99.9% uptime.
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Below are a few of the key features that set The OptimalCloud ahead of the competition as an Identity as a Service software:
Integrated with our Virtual Identity Server (VIS), The OptimalCloud is a private or public federated cloud service that provides multi-factor and mobile authentication/authorization from any data store.
The OptimalCloud is pre-integrated with thousands of applications providing seamless, one-click access so that we can seamlessly integrate with your existing environment. Search our Application Network to find your application today. We have integrated with over 5,000 federated applications and external identity providers that match standards we support. If you do not see the one you are looking for, please let us know so that we can get it added to our network. Applications are added every day. View Application Network
The OptimalCloud integrates with our Virtual Identity Server to provide authentication and authorization from any data store (LDAP, Active Directory, database, etc.). and as a private, federated cloud broker, it increases the value of your existing Microsoft environment:
– VIS leverages the existing investment in Microsoft technology, extending it with increased functionality.
– VIS is developed in .NET technology and is designed to seamless integrate with your Microsoft environment.
– VIS is a platform that continues to grow with an organization’s needs.
– VIS has proven solutions for Microsoft applications such as SharePoint and MIIS/ILM.
One of the key benefits of using the OptimalCloud IDaaS product is scalability. OptimalCloud scales horizontally or vertically to meet the needs of enterprise deployments. With VIS, it has built-in connection pooling and full support for failover and load balancers. It also has other beneficial features:
– VIS can be placed behind a load balancer (hardware or software) to provide robust failover/redundancy for applications connecting to VIS.
– VIS scales either horizontally or vertically to meet the demanding needs of enterprise deployments.
– VIS offers robust caching options, allowing you to cache objects on a connection by connection basis or even objectclass basis. Objects can have a cache size limit and a time limit or both.
The OptimalCloud provides complete IDaaS functionality that can help you answer questions such as:
– Who has logged in and when?
– What changes were made to data and when?
– Who was added to the Administrators group today?
– What changes did “Bob” make?
The OptimalCloud can instantly authenticate and surface identity data from multiple-forests and any identity stores setting Optimal IdM above most traditional IDaaS providers.
The OptimalCloud integrates with our Virtual Identity Server to provide authentication and authorization from any data store (LDAP, Active Directory, database, etc.). With it, there is no need to waste time consolidating data — The OptimalCloud can instantly authenticate and surface identity data from any Active Directory source, including multi-forest databases and identity stores. In fact, some of our customers have hundreds of Active Directory forests. We can even provide a blended merged view of a user with data coming from multiple data sources.
The OptimalCloud also includes our cloud-based virtual directory. The cloud directory is a great place to host your external identities such as customers or partners. You no longer need to manage an on-premise directory for these users. Using the web portal, you can easily manage the users, groups, entitlements and more from one easy-to-use interface.
The OptimalCloud is a quick and easy deployment. We provide complete white glove service, creating the private cloud tenant and installing the on premise software as well. Your private cloud in days, not months.
If you are in hybrid mode, The OptimalCloud LDAP service will instantly and securely synch new users to the cloud that are created on-premise. As changes occur to the on-premise users and groups, these changes are synched as well. This ensures the OptimalCloud is always up to date.
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From our custom entitlements engine to self-service administration, the OptimalCloud offers administrators a complete user management system that includes a robust Delegated Administrative Identity Management system.
With the OptimalCloud data is auditable and trackable. This provides you with a complete centralized audit trail of all user/group management and application activity. The OptimalCloud includes dozens of reports that provide both high-level dashboard metrics as well as detailed audit reports.
The OptimalCloud tracks and audits all activity. For example, we track failed and successful authentications, all SSO events, all application access, etc. You can easily see who authenticated, when and to what application. Reports can be easily filtered to provide the exact data you are looking for. For example, you can run a report for a given user over the past 30 days, to see exactly what that user has done. [wpex more= “Read more” less= “Read less”]
The standard reports included allow you to slice and dice the information the way you want it. Want a pie chart instead of a bar chart? Easy, just select it from the menu. Want to drill into a specific application or user? Easy, just filter it using drop down menus.
The OptimalCloud includes dozens of reports, already built and ready to run. There are dashboard reports that present high level metrics such as application usage over time, or authentication failures over a period of time. The data is real-time, so you can use the reports to monitor current activity or use for auditing past usage.
The OptimalCloud’s reporting system even gives you the capability to export the data to CSV, Excel, PDF, an image, or even HTML. You can use this export for use as an audit back up or even importing into another log system.
All of the reports are designed to work on any device, so whether you want to review a report on your laptop browser or with your tablet or smart phone. Get the report you want now, on any device. Click here for more details about cloud reporting
Understanding costs differences between Identity as a Service (IDaaS) and On Premise Deployments Usage of the cloud has become more and more prevalent, even for areas that were classically on premise deployments. For example, the cloud Identity as a Service (IDaaS) market has grown substantially over the last few years. A major reason for the cloud adoption is that organizations have started to understand the true costs of maintaining an on premise identity deployment. [wpex more= “Read more” less= “Read less”] Historically organizations didn’t realize the true cost of maintaining the solution until after it was purchased and deployed. Once deployed, employees needed to be trained and become “experts” to be able to fully support and maintain the environment and unfortunately many identity management deployments are complicated. Over time organizations have started to realize that by leveraging cloud solutions they can effectively outsource these deployments to organizations that specialize in certain areas. For example, Optimal IdM’s cloud solution is being leveraged by our clients who recognize that we are federation experts and can more easily deploy, maintain and monitor their federation infrastructure. This allows their staff to focus on what they are doing now and not have to become Federation experts. This writeup will help you, the customer, to factor in the intangibles. A good example of this is the fact that while federation is built on open standards, not all vendors adhere to the actual standard. Optimal IdM has created federation connections to hundreds of applications (relying parties) and we have had to make many tweaks along the ways. For example, one cloud application that we have integrated with is case sensitive in their URL’s, even though the federation specifications call for case insensitivity. Another application did not properly deflate their SAML2 authentication request. It is difficult to identify the actual cost in terms of man hours that your staff will deal with each and every one of the applications that you integrate with, but in our experience there will be many hours spent troubleshooting and debugging. Using The OptimalCloud means that your staff spends no time on configuring or troubleshooting any of these applications.  “SAML requests or responses transmitted via HTTP Redirect have a SAMLRequest or SAMLResponse query string parameter, respectively. Before it’s sent, the message is deflated, base64-encoded, and URL-encoded, in that order. Upon receipt, the process is reversed to recover the original message.” [/wpex]
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When comparing the cost of doing an on premise to our Cloud Identity as a Service offering, your organization will realize a substantial amount of time and money can be saved. Receive a free 3 year cost comparison for cloud vs on premise by contacting us now.
Information Week shed light on a 2011 study done by CA Technologies which attempted to provide an estimate of what downtime costs businesses on a broad scale. Of 200 surveyed businesses across the USA and Europe, they found that a total of $26.5 Billion USD is lost each year due to IT downtime. That’s an average of about $55,000 in lost revenue for smaller enterprises, $91,000 for midsize organizations, and over $1 million+ for large companies. [wpex more= “Read more” less= “Read less”] You can see how important uptime is when it comes to production level systems, and why considering downtime costs is a hidden factor which shouldn’t be skimmed over.
Optimal IdM’s cloud service is a fully managed 24 x 7 x 365 service that has guaranteed Service Level Agreements (SLA’s). Each day millions of users depend upon Optimal IdM’s solutions for the authentication and security needs. This is our core business and competency and we excel at providing the best service at the best possible price.
This article explains that “Within the IT security community, identity- and access-management (IAM) initiatives are considered high value, but are notoriously problematic to deploy. Yet despite IAM’s complexity, it represents 30 percent or more of the total information security budget of most large institutions, according to IDC (a sister company to CSO’s publisher).” With the OptimalCloud, the costs are significantly lower with a quicker adoption time as well.
According to this reporter’s numbers, which use an average kWh cost for energy from the US Energy Information Administration as of January 2013, she figures that an average in-house server in the USA (accounting for both direct IT power and cooling) sucks up about $731.94 per year in electricity. [/wpex]