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Centrify Server Suite: Privileged Access Management Software Review

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Centrify Server Suite is a cross-platform privileged access management (PAM) solution that unifies policy management for Windows, Linux, and UNIX within Active Directory. Centrify redefines legacy approaches to PAM by delivering cloud-ready solutions to secure access to infrastructure, DevOps, cloud, containers, big data, and other modern enterprise environments.

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empowers organizations to globally govern privileged access through centrally managed policies that are consistently enforced on the server. Learn more in this ServerWatch review of Centrify Server Suite.

Centrify Server Suite Features

The primary features of Centrify Server Suite are authentication, privilege elevation, auditing, and monitoring.

Centrify Server Suite screenshot


The best practices of PAM are easy to follow with Centrify’s authentication capabilities, including multi-factor authentication (MFA). With it, businesses can significantly reduce the attack surface with fewer identity silos, redundant identities, and local accounts. Centrify’s modern PAM solution handles requests that are not only from humans, but also from machines, services, and APIs.

Centrify Authentication Service includes:

  • Active Directory bridging
  • Machine identity and credential management
  • Local account and group management
  • Authentication policy management
  • Group policy management
  • MFA at system login

Privilege Elevation

Centrify’s privilege elevation services minimize risk exposure to cyberattacks caused by individuals with too much privilege across Linux, UNIX, and Windows systems. The service streamlines just-in-time privileged access management (JIT PAM), limiting potential damage from a security breach.

Audit & Monitoring

Centrify’s auditing and monitoring tools combine host-based and gateway-based capabilities for maximum coverage. For even higher protection and visibility, businesses can take advantage of host-based advanced monitoring at the process level.

Centrify Server Suite Pricing

Centrify offers customers a variety of choices when it comes to deploying PAM solutions and the underlying platform. It provides both software-as-a-service (SaaS) and customer-managed deployment options. Whatever choice users make, they can rely on Centrify to meet their expectations for ease of deployment, ease of use, high availability, and scalability.

Centrify offers four price models based on user requirements:

SolutionApplication ServicesEndpoint ServicesInfrastructure Services
Infrastructure Services
PriceFrom $5/month
per user
From $5/month
per user
From $22/month
per system
From $32/month
per system
FeaturesSingle Sign-On


Automated Account Management

App and User Provisioning

Enterprise Mobility Management

Unified Directory

App Catalog

Device Management

Enterprise Mobility Management

Application Management

Endpoint Privilege Management

MFA (Endpoints, VPNs)

Shared Account Password Management

Active Directory Bridging

Privilege Elevation

Brokered Authentication

Shared Account Password Management

Active Directory Bridging

Privilege Elevation

Brokered Authentication


Privileged Session Monitoring

Auditing and Reporting

All Centrify PAM solutions have a 30-day free trial. Further, businesses can take advantage of pricing flexibility with both subscription and perpetual licensing models.

User Testimonials

“When you get a clear picture of the breadth of capabilities Centrify Privileged Access Management solutions provide, you begin to understand just how many security check boxes it ticks. I’m still surprised at the number of issues I was able to address with just this single solution.”

Matt Horn, IT Operations Manager for GSI

“We needed to get away from admins having to use multiple IDs — or worse — sharing a common identity on the same box … Centrify has allowed us to accomplish all of our goals.”

Scott Teipe, Manager of Information Security for GOGO, Inc.

“We started out with very simple roles and now we manage user privileges with extreme granularity. The roles in Centrify are essential in limiting what people can access and locking our systems down.”

Jeff Williams, Systems Integration Chief for National Weather Services

“There isn’t a regulation that Centrify hasn’t helped us to meet. Today, every time an administrator touches a server, I have a record of it. I can pull a report, print it, and hand it to the auditor.”

Peter Manina, IT Specialist and UNIX Systems Architect for State of Michigan Department of Technology, Management, and Budget

“Centrify’s pricing model is very flexible and competitive. When we first approached them and discussed the licensing options that would match organizational needs, they were able to offer us both subscription and perpetual pricing. As a result, we were able to have a selection of how we wanted to grow and fortunately that pricing model helped us make that decision.”

Kris Howitt, former Director of Information Security Architecture for Live Nation Entertainment

Centrify Server Suite Review

Digital transformation is creating increased complexity for enterprise. This complexity brings new challenges for access management. It’s essential for businesses to centralize increasingly fragmented identities across their infrastructure.

Centrify Server Suite minimizes the attack surface and controls privileged access for both on-premises and cloud-hosted infrastructure. Privileged access abuse is a formidable part of the current threat landscape; the PAM solutions provided by Centrify give DevOps the right tools to protect critical resources from internal and external threats.

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