ManageEngine, the real-time IT management company, today announced that Password Manager Pro, its privileged password management software, has streamlined data center remote access management by giving administrators the ability to establish secure access to remote resources with a single click. Now, admins can use Password Manager Pro to effectively launch direct connections to IT equipment in the data center, overcoming access barriers created by network segmentation while adhering to data center access protocols. Password Manager Pro also supports full password management of those remote devices. A video demo of the landing server configuration capabilities is available at https://beta.passwordmanagerpro.com/.
ManageEngine is demonstrating the new features in Password Manager Pro and exhibiting the rest of its IT management portfolio in booth 2410 at VMworld 2013, which continues through the end of today at Moscone Center in San Francisco. The company is also demonstrating major upgrades that were just announced for Applications Manager, the application performance monitoring solution; OpManager, the network performance management software; and Site24x7, the cloud infrastructure monitoring service.
Typically, data centers limit direct access to remote devices via SSH and Telnet connections. Instead, data center admins working remotely must first connect to a landing server and then “hop” to the target system. In some cases, admins must make multiple hops before ultimately connecting to the target devices. At each step of the remote access process — from the initial landing server to each subsequent hop and the target device — the admin must provide the username and password as well as know the IP address of the landing server.
“Traditional remote access management of the data center can be cumbersome and time consuming,” said Rajesh Ganesan, director of product management at ManageEngine. “We’ve centralized the management of all those credentials and access controls, so users are spared the burden of authenticating themselves at each stage of a remote access. Instead of requiring users to authenticate themselves at every hop and then again when they reach the remote device, Password Manager Pro handles all login and authentication steps automatically, giving admins one-click access to their remote data center resources.”
Password Manager Pro Refines Remote Access and More
Password Manager Pro simplifies the entire remote access process. Administrators can now configure landing servers and their login credentials and then associate them with the resources being managed by Password Manager Pro. In turn, admins can launch a one-click connection with the remote resources without worrying about the intermediate hops. While the admin experiences a direct connection, Password Manager Pro automatically executes all of the intermediate hops in the background, establishing a connection with each landing server and finally with the remote resource.
In addition to gaining remote access, administrators can also use the landing server configuration in Password Manager Pro to reset passwords of data center equipment that are multiple hops away. Admins can change passwords as well as verify that passwords stored in Password Manager Pro are the same as those associated with the resources and with the remote access.
With Password Manager Pro, there is no direct connectivity between the admin’s device and remote host. The connection will always be tunneled through the Password Manager Pro server. Similarly, the passwords needed to establish remote sessions do not need to be available at the user’s browser. These mechanisms combine to establish highly secure, extremely simple remote access.
In addition to its remote access enhancements, the latest version of Password Manager Pro gains a session shadowing feature. An extension of the software’s session recording capabilities, the new feature enables real-time monitoring of sensitive privileged sessions launched by other users. Administrators may also terminate sessions in real time if any suspicious activity is found, giving admins complete control over privileged sessions.
Pricing and Availability
Password Manager Pro 7.0 (Beta) is available immediately. In addition to a fully functional, free 30-day evaluation edition, Password Manager Pro is available as a Free Edition, Standard Edition and Premium Edition. Standard Edition prices start at $495 per year for two administrators. Premium Edition prices start at $1,195 per year for five administrators. All editions can be downloaded directly from the ManageEngine website at http://www.manageengine.com/products/passwordmanagerpro/download.html.