Create your own Identity: Introducing the AppNeta Identity Manager (AIM)

by Sean Armstrong on May 21, 2014

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Today we are really pleased to announce the launch of the AppNeta Identity Manager, the unified user and account management system which is the foundation of the AppNeta Performance Management services.

Control Freaks Rejoice

As a great movie superhero once said “With great power comes great responsibility” (apparently different phrasing was used in the comic books, and with this capability targeting control freaks I thought it be best to get the details right).

As the Application and Network Performance management insights come together within the AppNeta services we felt this need for responsibility. Often we have multiple, disparate groups using our service who have different roles and responsibilities within the organization, the App Development team, the Operations Team running production services and the Network Team monitoring critical SaaS and WAN-delivered services.

To make sure these groups stay focused on their own areas of expertise, we have added role based access on a per module basis, so that you can define exactly which rights a user role has to the individual modules across the AppNeta services. This means you can give your developers free reign to troubleshoot application performance problems within TraceView, but not view what co-workers are doing on the internet within FlowView.

Create custom roles and define rights by module

Create custom roles and define rights by module

You can obviously use any of the standard roles built into the service, but now you can create custom roles and set access rights independently for each module of the AppNeta service. Available rights are:

Role
Description

Create Users and Child Organizations

Manage Licenses

Manage Analysis Settings

View Data and Generate Reports

Organization Admin

Full Rights

Full Rights

Full Rights

Full Rights

Advanced

No Access

Full Rights

Full Rights

Full Rights

Standard

No Access

No Access

Full Rights

Full Rights

View Only

No Access

No Access

No Access

Full Rights

No Access

No Access

No Access

No Access

No Access

One Less Password to Remember

The other major update AIM brings is support for organizations to use their own, SAML compliant, Identity Management system to login to the AppNeta service. This means that you can use your existing Active Directory, Ping Identity or any one of the long list of other SAML compliant identity management system accounts to login.

This capability will allow you to streamline the rollout to the different teams within your organization, which is great since AppNeta does not charge by the user account and there are no limits on the number of users you can grant access. This capability even plays nice with the new role based access control capability described, you can simply map Security Groups within Active Directory to roles within AIM, and users in those groups will be able to login to AppNeta and have the proper rights based on their Active Directory group membership.

Additionally using your existing Identity Management system means your policies for password complexity, reuse and change frequency are enforced for the AppNeta Service too.

And for Organizations who have already standardized on Ping Identity for centralized Identity management, you can even add AppNeta as a standard App within your Employee SSO environment.

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