Story image

Okta announces security layer for on-prem apps

03 Apr 2019

Identity services provider Okta has today at Oktane19 announced Okta Access Gateway, a new product to enable seamless, secure, single sign-on access, management, and visibility into on-premises applications through the Okta Identity Cloud.

The new product enables organisations with hybrid IT to achieve cloud to ground resource management by bringing all of the Okta Identity Cloud values, including Single Sign-On and Adaptive Multi-factor Authentication to on-premises applications.

Many Okta customers are already using the technology behind Okta Access Gateway today, and Okta expects it to be generally available to everyone later this year.

The explosion of cloud applications has enabled companies large and small to rapidly implement new, best-of-breed technology to help their businesses, and adoption is only increasing.

According to Okta’s Digital Enterprise Report — a survey of 1,050 technology decision makers at organisations with $1 billion in revenue or greater — two-thirds of respondents expect to deploy more cloud apps in the coming year.

However, for many organisations, the present and the future will be hybrid, with mission-critical applications residing both on-premises and across multi-cloud environments.

The Digital Enterprise Report also revealed that a majority of large companies plan to still have at least one-third of their applications running on-premises.

But in a post-perimeter, hybrid world, many enterprises struggle to centrally manage identity and access management (IAM) for both cloud and on-premises environments, resulting in often unwieldy, complex solutions that curb efficiency and security.

Centralising secure access in a hybrid world

Okta Access Gateway solves the hybrid IT access problem for enterprises, connecting on-premises applications from legacy vendors like Oracle, IBM, and SAP, along with custom-built on-premises applications to the Okta Identity Cloud.

Using a flexible deployment model that gives enterprises the choice between deploying a proxy on-premises or through multiple IaaS vendors including Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, and Microsoft Azure, Okta Access Gateway delivers a simple solution to modern, hybrid identity and access management.

Through the Okta Identity Cloud, enterprises can manage and secure access to their applications from a single, independent source without any vendor constraints or lock-in, leveraging Okta technology relied on by 6,100 Okta customers.

“Okta believes in enabling every organisation to connect to the technology it needs, regardless of where that technology sits,” says Okta chief executive officer and co-founder Todd McKinnon.

“With the Okta Access Gateway, we’re able to take a major step forward in providing enterprises a more seamless experience managing their hybrid IT, providing secure access and visibility — all through the Okta Identity Cloud.”

“Hitachi has a rich history of innovation, and we constantly strive to provide the best technology to our employees,” says Hitachi Americas and EMEA Chief Information Officer Ashish Sanghrajka.

“That means integrating cloud technologies with our already-existent application infrastructure, which presented immense complexity across our global business units.

“Okta Access Gateway was the right technology for us to transform our legacy authentication infrastructure without disrupting the legacy systems.”

Huawei FusionServer Pro built for 'intelligent transformation'
The next generation X86 servers draw on an intelligent acceleration engine, an intelligent management ending, and intelligent data center solutions for ‘diverse’ scenarios as transformation shifts from digital to intelligent.
HFW deploys digital edge strategy on Equinix
Equinix announced that global law firm HFW has collaborated with Equinix to build out its digital edge in key markets including Dubai, London, Hong Kong, Melbourne and Paris.
DE-CIX and Datacenter One sign service deal for Germany
Datacenter One’s LEV1 data centre in Leverkusen is the first to be connected to DE-CIX, with further DE-CIX sites to be created in the next few years as part of the agreement.
Teradata expands as-a-service offerings for Advantage platform
Data intelligence company Teradata has announced three new cloud and on-premise solutions that are now integrated into its Teradata Vantage platform.
DigiPlex opens up Nordic data centers to international customers
"The Nordics are Europe's premier market: a firm deploying 100 megawatts over 20 years could save approximately $2 billion by placing their data center in Sweden or Norway versus the U.K."
HPE & Nutanix join forces to deliver hybrid cloud as a service
The two tech giants have partnered to offer a fully integrated solution that capitalises on the hybrid IT market.
Opinion: The growing importance of sustainability in data centres
Aruba's Alessandro Bruschini discusses why to carry on growing, the data centre industry will have to turn to green methods of energy consumption and production.
Equinix releases Azure Stack-as-a-Service in APAC
The hybrid cloud solution offers pre-configured, Microsoft validated systems, pre-installed into Equinix IBX data centres.