Celestix Federated A6400 ADFS Bridge Appliance
Bridge the gap between AD and Oice 365 with Celestix Federated Solution
Identity management helps organizations establish policies and practices to conirm that the people who access information resources are legitimate users. Identity federation creates trust relationships that can exchange information to authenticate users. The framework lets a single user identity access a variety of resources.
Celestix Federated Series is a plug-and-play, on-premises solution that enables single sign-on (SSO) and access management for cloud applications. Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) is the identity management tool to achieve seamless integration for cloud resources with Active Directory (AD), including Microsoft Azure, Oice 365, and other software as a service (SaaS) products.
The purpose-built Celestix Federated Series makes moving infrastructure to the cloud a better value proposition. The cloud can ofer eicient resources and simpliied operations for IT departments. That simplicity translates to cost savings and a better user experience.
Federated Identity Management
The Celestix Federated Solution integrates federated identity with on-premises AD. Federation allows IT and users to streamline credentials that access resources inside the network and in the cloud. Storing credentials internally increases security and maintains organizational control.
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Users can securely and reliably access Oice 365 and other SaaS apps using their existing AD credentials from anywhere, on any domain-joined device. Users get a seamless single sign-on experience for cloud business solutions, including Exchange Server, SharePoint, Lync and other web apps.
Installation wizards reduce the need for IT to sort through complex technical requirements to deploy AD FS. Preconigured options speed the setup process. AD FS and Directory Synchronization (DirSync) service coniguration for Oice 365 can be completed in 15 minutes.
Seamless Resource Access
Cloud resources include platform as a service (PaaS) and software as a service (SaaS). Combining Azure platform options for infrastructure with Oice 365 productivity software ofers a scalable, accessible solution to use cloud technology to support business goals for organizations large and small. But without identity management, end users and IT departments spend a lot of time managing credentials. Single sign-on and synchronization are key factors for the seamless access to resources that improves designed for the network.
Access to sensitive resources can require stronger authentication. Using multifactor authentication (MFA) to require a second form of validation at login increases security. By integrating MFA into an SSO deployment, impact on user experience is reduced. To make the second authentication step easier, AD FS can incorporate that second factor from several options, so each user can choose the most convenient method.
Reporting, Monitoring, and Alerting
Infrastructure maintenance requires evaluation and oversight. Metrics are essential for IT controls, and are useful to measure progress towards single sign-on objectives. The Celestix Federated series adds several features to help manage identity federation. Predeined reports provide tools for auditing and compliance requirements. The dashboard provides centralized monitoring for service status, synchronization, and login activity. The alert system can warn administrators when services or synchronization fail.
Infrastructure Resilience and Flexibility
Celestix Federated Appliances can be conigured in highly available, load balanced clusters to provide authentication service redundancy. The addition of multiple appliances supports scaleout architecture when infrastructure demands increase.
- Federated user identities stored in on-premises AD increase security
- Single sign-on improves eiciency and ease of use
- Wizards reduce complexity to deploy identity federation
- Seamless access to resources crosses organizational boundaries
- Multifactor authentication strengthens access security
- Infrastructure oversight with reporting, monitoring, and alerting
- High availability adds resilience and scalability ofers lexibility
Does not require the level of expertise that do-it-yourself solutions require, they reduce the time to deploy them while reducing total cost of ownership.
Improved Celestix COMET software engine is the heart of the appliance
The new and improved purpose-built software engine and management console is a single interface to manage AD FS and its components. It provides an intuitive and feature-rich web UI that allows you to view reports, offers real-time monitoring and alerting, and provides automated updates.
Ability to clone HDD profiles as well as integrated back-up and restore functionality for disaster recovery. Hardware-integrated backup and restore functionality for disaster recovery, including off-box HDD cloning.
No additional staff time is required to configure and manage Celestix Federated Appliance, and the hardware is fully packaged to minimize the burden on your IT staff.
Provides a pre-configured and standardized platform to reduce time of deployment.
Administrators can monitor the appliance through a dedicated management interface to configure and manage the appliance and remotely power on or power off the device.
Single Source Procurement and Technical Support
Celestix supports every layer of the solution, eliminating problems with hardware compatibility or operating system patches. From hardware and operating system to programs like Advanced Hardware Replacement, customers benefit from the power of one vendor.
The Celestix Federated appliance can be deployed in a variety of configurations. To provide a frame of reference, the following diagrams show three options.
A Series Minimal Recommended Infrastructure Deployment
A Series Infrastructure Recommendation with Proxy and Default Data Store
A Series Infrastructure Recommendation for Proxy and External Data Store
|A Series Model||A3400||A6400|
|Type of Business||Designed for small to mid-sized enterprises||Designed for large and multinational enterprises|
|Management Console||COMET 1.6||COMET 1.6|
|Recommended Users||Below 500 concurrent users||500 to 3,000 concurrent users|
|Alerting, Reporting and Real-Time monitoring||Yes||Yes|
|Network Load Balancing||Yes||Yes|
|CPU||Intel i5||Intel E3|
|Number of Processors||4 Cores||4 Cores|
|Memory||8 GB||16 GB|
|Cache||6 MB||6 MB|
|Front Side Bus||DMI||DMI|
|Hard drive||SATA-III hard drive||2 x SATA-III hot-swappable hard drive
2 x 160 GB hot-swappable hard drive
|Power Supply||220W auto-switching universal 110/220V AC power supply||Redundant hot-swappable power supply – 2 x 250W|
|Disk Mirror RAID||-||RAID 1|
|Gigabit Ethernet Ports||6||6|
|Dimensions (H x W x L)||1.75” x 17.3” x 13.0” inches||1.75” x 17.3” x 21.5” inches|
ADFS Do-it-Yourself vs. Celestix Federated:
Save Time and Money by Deploying Celestix Federated
Celestix provides a complete, out-of-the-box solution to deploy Microsoft Active Directory Federation Service (ADFS) for Office 365 single sign-on. Microsoft ADFS requires specialized knowledge and time to implement. Celestix delivers direct, seamless integration with Active Directory in minutes without the additional time and expense to install and configure. You can have a complete Single Sign-On for your Office 365 users in no time.
The table below shows how Celestix Federated compares with a Microsoft ADFS software installation.
|Comparison||Microsoft ADFS||Celestix Federated|
|Solution Delivery||Software||Out of the box|
|Security Risk||Mid (not hardened)||Low|
|Administration Interface||Microsoft Interface/Web via RDP||Web based|
|Browser Support||Only IE||IE, Safari, Chrome|
|Alerting, Reporting and Real-Time Monitoring||No||Yes|
|Installation Process||Windows installation process||Wizard process|
|Time to Implement||1 – 2 weeks||Less than an hour|
|Cost of Ownership||High||Low|
|DirSync Support||Additional days to weeks to implement||Integrated|
|AD Integration||AD agent required||Pre-configured|
|Option to migrate to the Cloud||No||Yes|
|Support||Multiple vendors||One for all support need|
If you are contemplating ADFS, you will find that Celestix Federated solution provides additional benefits, including alerting, reporting, real-time monitoring, auto DirSync support, wizard process installation and two-factor authentication support.
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