Centrify Delivers Robust Support for Canonical’s New Ubuntu 11.10 Release to Enable Secure Desktop, Server and Cloud Computing

By Centrify Corporation, PRNE
Monday, October 17, 2011

SUNNYVALE, California, October 18, 2011 -

- Centrify Express is Certified and Comes Free with Ubuntu 11.10

Centrify Corporation, the leading provider of security and compliance solutions that centrally control, secure and audit access to cross-platform systems and applications using Active Directory, today announced that its Centrify Suite and Centrify Express now support Ubuntu 11.10 for secure access, privilege management and auditing of Canonical’s leading open-source, free software platform.

Centrify also announced that Canonical is distributing Centrify’s free Active Directory integration solution, Centrify Express, with Ubuntu 11.10 through its Ubuntu Software Partner Repository.  By using Centrify Express, IT professionals can quickly and easily integrate Ubuntu 11.10 servers and desktops into Microsoft Active Directory for centralized authentication and single sign-on.  Canonical has also certified Centrify Express to meet Ubuntu’s ease-of-use and performance standards.

“Ubuntu’s open platform is helping businesses and individuals worldwide reduce costs, improve efficiency and enhance security,” said Paul Oh, Canonical Director, Business Development.  ”Canonical is pleased to continue our years of work with Centrify to secure the platform even further.  Ubuntu 11.10 delivers the deployment, management and orchestration tools that DevOps practitioners can leverage across multiple cloud infrastructures, large-scale bare-metal deployments and workstation-based service prototyping.  With Centrify, our users can centralize authentication, access control and auditing across their systems running on-premise or in the cloud.”

Centrify, a Gold Software Partner of Canonical, has long supported Canonical and all versions of Ubuntu on x86 (Intel 32-bit) and x86_64 (64-bit) from version 6.06 LTS to 11.10.  For more information on Centrify’s supported platforms and versions, see:  www.centrify.com/products/all-supported-platforms.asp#systems.

“Ubuntu powers millions of desktops, laptops, Netbooks and servers worldwide, and Centrify enables Ubuntu users to deploy granular, role-based access controls, privilege management and auditing of usage,” said Corey Williams, Centrify Director of Product Management.  ”Through our years of working with Canonical, we are able to rapidly support their latest releases, to ensure Ubuntu users can roll out the leading access control and audit solution for organizations using their platform.”


Centrify Express and Centrify Suite for Ubuntu 11.10 servers and desktops are available today.  Centrify Express will be available this week in the Ubuntu Partner Repository and can be installed using a number of built-in package managers such as Software Center, Synaptic, Adept, Aptitude, apt-get, and others.

About Centrify Express

A subset of the comprehensive Centrify Suite, Centrify Express enables UNIX, Linux and Mac OS X servers and workstations to participate in a Windows Active Directory domain and gives users Active Directory-based single sign-on.  Centrify Express customers can simply use Express for free or subsequently upgrade some or all of their non-Microsoft systems to various editions of the Centrify Suite that meet their needs.  Centrify Suite layers on additional capabilities such as Centrify’s patented Zone technology, role-based access control as an industrial strength replacement of sudo, privileged identity management, user-level auditing, server isolation, encryption of data-in-motion and other features.

About Canonical

Canonical provides engineering, online and professional services to Ubuntu partners and customers worldwide.  As the company behind the Ubuntu project, Canonical is committed to the production and support of Ubuntu - an ever-popular and fast-growing open-source operating system.  It aims to ensure that Ubuntu is available to every organization and individual on servers, desktops, laptops and Netbooks.  Canonical partners with computer hardware manufacturers to certify Ubuntu, provides migration, deployment, support and training services to businesses, and offers online services direct to end users.  Canonical also builds and maintains collaborative, open-source development tools to ensure that organizations and individuals can participate fully in innovations within the open-source community.  For more information, please visit www.canonical.com.

About Centrify

Centrify delivers integrated software solutions that centrally control, secure and audit access to cross-platform systems and applications by leveraging the infrastructure organizations already own - Microsoft Active Directory.  From the data center and into the cloud, more than 3,500 organizations, including 40 percent of the Fortune 50, rely on Centrify’s identity consolidation and privilege management solutions to reduce IT expenses, strengthen security and meet compliance requirements. For more information about Centrify and its solutions, call +1 (408) 542-7500 or visit www.centrify.com/.

Centrify, DirectAudit, DirectControl and DirectSecure are registered trademarks and DirectAuthorize and DirectManage are trademarks of Centrify Corporation in the United States and other countries.

Dan Spalding


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