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January 2007

Identity Management: Apere's IMAG 500

IDENTITY MANAGEMENT IMAG 500 REVIEWED BY BRAD CAUSEY Apere Price: $15,000 for a single device @exb @exe Apere's IMAG 500 appliance aims to simplify the complex maze of identity management through the automatic discovery of distributed identity stores, consolidation, reconciliation and provisioning of all user accounts, and access to practically all network resources through a single control point. It's an attractive proposition, but we found the implementation rough going. Configuration/Management D Setup was difficult, ultimately requiring the company's technical support to remotely access the device to assist with the configuration process. Although Apere claims that the device can learn the location and type of applications, each application required manual configuration. Basic device configuration is like any other appliance: You set up DNS servers, email servers, log servers and VLANs. Things got sticky when we tried to add authentication resources and user stores, particularly for Web applications. Because user accounts ...

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