Last week I spent some time talking with Tom Kemp, CEO of Centrify. Centrify is not open source but, depending on how you look at it, either solidifies or dilutes Microsoft's hold on its customers. In Centrify's case, it extends Active Directory to platforms other than Microsoft, meaning that it:...centrally secures...heterogeneous systems, web applications, databases and storage systems using Microsoft Active Directory. Centrify DirectControl secures...non-Microsoft platforms using the same authentication, authorization and Group Policy services deployed for your Windows environment.
In other words, it lets customers choose to leverage their Microsoft technology without being forced completely into the Microsoft ecosystem. This is a good thing. Choice is good.… Read more