Former Execs Launch New On-Demand Service to Accelerate Secure Adoption of Cloud Apps

SAN FRANCISCO – January 27, 2011 – Okta today unveiled a new on-demand identity and access management service that helps enterprises accelerate the adoption of their cloud and web-based applications. Okta empowers IT to centrally secure and control access to applications, provides end users single sign-on for all of their web apps, and gives the business the insight it needs to maximize ROI while minimizing risk.

The rise of Software as a Service has made it easy for companies to adopt a wide variety of business critical applications but has also introduced a new set of challenges for both IT and end users. With Okta, IT can address the security and management challenges by integrating cloud applications with existing directory services, controlling access across applications, quickly provisioning and de-provisioning employees, and centrally analyzing usage across all applications. For end users, Okta provides single sign-on across all of their applications, eliminating password fatigue and improving their productivity.

“As businesses shift more critical applications to the cloud, they are challenged to maintain the same degree of control that they have with their on-premise applications,” said Daryl Plummer, managing vice president and Gartner fellow. “Cloud services brokers focusing on identify and access management who can secure, and integrate multiple cloud services will facilitate more secure, cross enterprise adoption of cloud based services – and that will convince a lot of enterprises to buy.”

Early Okta customers include Pandora, LiveOps, Enterasys, FusionStorm, and AMAG Pharmaceuticals. With Okta they have increased user productivity, reduced administrative costs by up to 85%, and improved security associated with application access.

“Okta helped us reduce costs, improve security, and accelerate cloud applications adoption,” said Ben Doyle, Director of IT, Enterasys. “We now have one active directory integration for all of our cloud applications, users have one-click access to their Web-based apps, and IT has centralized control of user access with a high degree of automation.”

Okta Solution

Okta is an on-demand identity and access management service that enables enterprises to accelerate the secure adoption of their web based applications. Adding new users to Okta is as easy as adding a user to any other SaaS application. Once activated, each end-user receives a customized homepage providing single sign-on across applications, and self-service across applications and credentials.

For IT, Okta provides centralized administration across people, applications, and policies for all cloud and web applications. The Okta Application Network offers hundreds of pre-integrated business and consumer applications from vendors such as ADP, Big Machines, Cisco, Citrix, Concur, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Oracle,, Taleo, and Twitter. Adding new applications requires just a single point and click.

For both IT and business executives Okta also offers centralized reporting and analytics. One system log captures a comprehensive set of activity events across both Okta and the integrated applications. Pre-canned reports are available to track activity, ensure compliance and monitor application usage and ROI.

“Enterprises everywhere are realizing the inherent benefits of running their core IT services in the cloud,” said Todd McKinnon, CEO, Okta. “But, this shift fundamentally requires them to rethink their IT infrastructure and how their employees access it. Okta is the only enterprise class, on-demand service purpose built to help customer secure and manage their entire cloud services network and the people who need access to it, with no professional services required.”

Pandora, LiveOps, Enterasys, FusionStorm, and AMAG Pharmaceuticals first to roll out Okta identity management service

Led by CEO Todd McKinnon, most recently VP of Engineering at from 2003 to 2009, the company has raised $11M, led by Andreessen Horowitz.

A 100% on-demand, identity and access management solution for all web-based applications that can be deployed in under an hour; no services required.

Okta Application Network includes hundreds of pre-integrated business and consumer apps, including ADP, Concur,, SuccessFactors, Google Apps, Cisco Webex, Citrix GoToMeeting, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook and is updated weekly.

The most complete, robust and easy to use Active Directory integration that allows customers to seamlessly federate their on premise directories to all of their cloud applications.