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RadiantOne Consolidates Active Directory Domains/Forests Into Azure AD

Today, Radiant Logic announced support for Azure AD, further strengthening the value of its flagship RadiantOne Federated Identity Service for the Microsoft installed base. By synchronizing with Microsoft’s “AD-in-the-cloud,” RadiantOne eases the move to cloud for large companies, most of which grapple with multiple Active Directory domains and forests, as well as complex, often fragmented overarching identity infrastructures, which include identities and attributes stored in LDAP directories, SQL databases, and APIs.

According to Radiant Logic co-founder and CEO, Michel Prompt: “Azure AD is a game-changer for companies looking to extend their investments into the cloud and we’re delighted to strengthen our longstanding relationship with the Microsoft platform by offering complete synchronization between the common global identity created by RadiantOne Federated Identity Service and Microsoft’s Azure AD.”

Unifying Identity with RadiantOne Federated Identity Service

Sizable enterprises rely on RadiantOne to empower their Active Directory (AD) consolidation efforts, providing a unified identity that simplifies cloud access and provisioning, as well as enabling faster application onboarding and simpler M&A integrations. RadiantOne makes it easy for companies to unify identity across their entire infrastructure, providing the global view of identity required by any identity provider (IdP), and enabling single sign-on with essential software-as-a-service (SaaS) apps. RadiantOne-enabled enterprises can:

  • Get the right list of identities and groups needed by Office 365 and other apps, no matter where they’re hosted.
  • Authenticate users to the correct authoritative store and authorize access using attributes drawn from the AD infrastructure and beyond.
  • Feed ADFS (or any IdP) exactly the information it needs to authenticate and authorize AD users across domains and forests in the cloud.
  • Quickly provision SaaS apps using a common reference image for identity.

Consolidate Identity from Different Domains and Forests to Reach the Cloud —But How?

For most large enterprises, Active Directory is the centerpiece of their employee identity infrastructure, driving all security and access. But the growth of domains and forests from normal operations or mergers and acquisitions has left many companies with complex thickets of identity that are difficult to maintain or evolve. Large enterprises deal with many issues when trying to consolidate AD into a single domain, such as rationalizing duplicate accounts and group names, dealing with untrusted AD forests after M&As, or creating a global view of identity to sync with Azure AD.

The need for complex sync logic and connections grows with the number of domains. Since Windows Azure AD requires a flat list of unique users without duplicates, many companies must perform complex correlations to create this unified list. AD is also only one front in the identity infrastructure, which includes legacy LDAP apps, or attributes/groups information in SQL or APIs. Companies need a layer that can rationalize and consolidate all their sources of identity—not just AD.

“The move to the cloud, as well as new access demands imposed by increased use of mobile devices, is putting new stresses on today’s complicated AD infrastructures—and this lack of flexibility is slowing IT’s ability to support the business,” said Dieter Schuller, Vice President of Business Development at Radiant Logic. “While AD is the authoritative source for employee data, the way it’s been configured has made it increasingly difficult to deliver a unified view of identity to your identity provider (IdP). All this fragmentation means that accessing and synchronizing with cloud applications has been a major infrastructure undertaking—until now.”

Build a Consolidated View by Federating Identity—Not just Centralizing It

The quickest, easiest way to create a normalized list of users is to federate existing identity sources using RadiantOne’s unique model-driven virtualization. This pioneering Federated Identity Service delivers a unique list of users where every user is represented once, as well as complete global profiles drawn from all identity sources, from AD to LDAP, SQL, and web services. With RadiantOne, it’s fast and easy to add flexibility, while saving time and money as you onboard new applications, integrate in the wake of mergers and acquisitions, and extend access to the cloud. Now companies can federate identity to streamline their infrastructure, feed ADFS, and provision SaaS applications, such as Office 365.

“Our RadiantOne Federated Identity Service integrates and rationalizes identity from across diverse, distributed stores, enabling a virtual consolidation of all identity sources that���s cached in a more neutral LDAP directory,” said Claude Samuelson, co-founder and CTO of Radiant Logic. “There’s no better way for large enterprises with complex security infrastructures to create the common identity needed to reach cloud applications such as Office 365, without the hassle of having to physically consolidate existing domains and forests.”

Learn More About RadiantOne at the MS Ignite Conference

Join Radiant Logic at booth 2248 in the Georgia World Congress Center for the Microsoft Ignite conference to learn more about its groundbreaking federated identity platform, based on model-driven virtualization.

Published Tuesday, September 13, 2016 9:51 AM by David Marshall
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