Northern Arizona University Chooses UnboundID to Upgrade and Improve Directory Service
A Need for Modernization Leads to a Full-Service Solution
AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--UnboundID today announced that Northern Arizona University (NAU) selected the UnboundID Identity Data Platform to support the nearly one million entries in their directory stores of student and employee data.
“NAU is a great example of a customer who needed an enterprise grade identity solution”
When a prior vendor changed product features and ended support for existing product lines, NAU found that they were not getting the support or features needed to provide large scale authentication, authorization and information security for 30,000 faculty, staff, and student users. NAU began a search for a new long-term solution, with top requirements of scalability and reliability. “With three separate hardware clusters across two data centers providing capacity and fail-over for the University, it was important that we have a system to support growth that provided extremely high reliability for our mission-critical infrastructure. We wanted to be sure we got the features that we really needed, and that the systems would perform well into the future,” said Summer Steddom, Systems Integration and Architecture Team Lead.
The team at NAU researched several options, including open source products, but was concerned about the ability to get both scale and support. When they saw an UnboundID demo, they realized that they could get all of their needs met. “The UnboundID solution has a large feature set – Lamborghini options compared to the Volkswagen-type features we were used to,” said Ms. Steddom. “The UnboundID product stack is just what we wanted and needed.” Using UnboundID Identity Data Sync allowed the removal of a great deal of in-house custom code developed to facilitate MetaDirectory functionality and complex account provisioning business rules. The ability to manipulate data transformation rules through a simplified interface rather than source code saves time, and the directory’s schema validation is more thorough when adding, modifying, or importing data. NAU can deploy complex changes to multiple servers in a fraction of the time previously needed. The robust, reliable and scalable directory acts as the fundamental base for the University’s Identity and Access Management (IdAM) development, securing everything from department web applications to enterprise email systems, learning management systems, student information systems, and much more.
“NAU is a great example of a customer who needed an enterprise grade identity solution,” said Steve Shoaff, CEO of UnboundID. “We responded by providing a streamlined solution that addresses their need for scale and reliability as they secure their faculty and student identity information.”
About UnboundID Corp.
UnboundID is a leading platform provider for identity data, enabling companies to dynamically manage, protect, and share customer data in real-time across cloud, mobile and social applications. UnboundID solutions help companies increase average revenue per customer while significantly lowering their costs for service and application delivery. UnboundID is a privately held company based in Austin, Texas, and is funded by Silverton Partners and OpenView Venture Partners. For more information, visit www.unboundid.com.
About Northern Arizona University
Northern Arizona University is a four-year public research university in Flagstaff, Arizona that offers 145 different bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. Degree programs are also accessible at 35 statewide locations and online.