Privileged Access Management as a Service: An Exciting new Value-Added Service for Data Center Service Providers

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JUNE 2021

By: Mustafa Cantekin

Given the increasing complexity of compliance, and the growing risk of data breaches, even as public cloud, hybrid cloud, and multi-cloud solutions are being implemented, businesses of all sizes need support in protecting what they connect, and many count on their data center providers for guidance and solutions.

Privileged access accounts are a primary target for advanced cyber attackers, and enterprises and organizations today recognize the importance of protecting those accounts and are actively looking for Privileged Access Management (PAM) solutions.

Given the high cost and complexity associated with on-premises installation, expensive maintenance costs, the requirement for internal expertise, and limited human resources to manage a solution, some organizations have been slow to act – understandably so.

The answer to this dilemma? PAM as a Service, made easier, more flexible, faster to implement, less expensive, and easier to evolve as new threats surface each year.

Ironsphere, with its multitenant architecture, enables multiple users to share multiple isolated and virtually separated Ironsphere services running on a single instance. Based on this architecture, several groups of users representing different customers, business units, or subsidiaries, i.e., tenants, can be created, which is what makes this new solution extremely attractive to Data Center Service Providers who can buy the solution once, and resell and manage it many times over.

Data Center Service Providers bring connectivity, cloud computing, and IoT edge services to customers looking to optimize their data center footprint and decrease operational costs.

A recent study by Gartner (“Magic Quadrant for Data Center Outsourcing and Hybrid Infrastructure Managed Services, Europe”) indicates that, while customers are willing to reduce their data center footprint, they also want to leverage the extensive capabilities of Data Center Service Providers.

Taking that into consideration, Data Center Service Providers are in search of new solutions to support sustainable growth and generate new revenue streams, to meet the needs of its customer portfolios.

Illustration: Private PAM as a Service with Ironsphere Multitenancy

Ironsphere’s multitenancy is a value-added feature for Data Center Service Providers, enabling them to offer PAM as a service to their customer portfolio. With multitenancy, Data Center Service Providers can create multiple instances with partitioned domains that ensure greater security and process automation. Multiple isolated and virtually separated services can serve different customers as if they have their own dedicated instance.

Meanwhile, with PAM as a Service, customers will benefit from a Privileged Access Management solution without any additional infrastructure and IT burden.

How it Works

  • Data Center Service Providers can create tenants and assign administrators to each tenant. The tenant admin has the privilege of setting roles and access user permissions within the tenant environment.
  • Tenants are logically isolated from each other, and each tenant’s data remains invisible to other tenants. For data security purposes, a separate schema is created on the database for each tenant.
  • Managing PAM as a Service through a single platform will increase the visibility of the operations, resulting in faster response rates to incidents.

Value-Added Service for New Revenue Streams

As Data Center Service Providers struggle to polish their value proposition through new value-added solutions, offering PAM as a Service is a good match for customers looking to secure privileged access to their systems located at data centers. In addition to securing privileged accounts, PAM as a Service provides various other benefits to customers:        

  • Fast deployment without added burden on internal teams.
  • Easy integration with various IT systems, such as ticketing, SIEM, and email servers.
  • High availability with the Data Center’s existing capabilities.

Other benefits include flexible licensing models, zero integration/upgrade efforts for enterprise customers, subscription models supporting monthly recurring revenue for Data Center Service Providers while saving their customers money.

Ironsphere’s PAM as a Service solution offers many benefits to Data Center Service Providers and companies looking for a PAM solution to protect their assets at private data centers. You can learn more by downloading the solution brief here or by contacting us for a demonstration and discussion.

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