ID-Archive 5.0 offers more secure, robust management of sensitive passwords across over 70 types of systems.

Calgary, Canada -- April 24, 2008 -- Hitachi ID Systems, Inc., a leading provider of identity management software, today announced the general availability of Hitachi ID Privileged Access Manager 5.0. Hitachi ID Privileged Access Manager 5.0 builds on technology in Hitachi ID Systems's previous Hitachi ID Privileged Access Manager releases and from the next generation Hitachi ID Identity and Access Management Suite to offer even more secure and robust infrastructure for managing sensitive passwords.

The updated software was developed in response to customer feedback and an ever-increasing market demand for solutions to securely manage privileged passwords, including passwords for local administrator accounts, service accounts and login IDs used by one application to sign into another.

"By year-end 2010, more than 50% of large enterprises will use SAPM tools to manage passwords for shared accounts," according to an April 9th, 2008 Gartner report entitled: "Market Overview: Shared-Account/Software-Account Password Management Tools."

Hitachi ID Privileged Access Manager 5.0 Highlights:

Hitachi ID Privileged Access Manager 5.0 incorporates significant architectural changes:

  • The internal data storage technology has been replaced. Customers must now install one of the following database engines, to be used as the internal ID-Archive data repository:
    • Oracle 10 Enterprise Edition.
    • Microsoft SQL 2005 Enterprise Edition.
    • Oracle 10 Express Edition (available at no charge from Oracle)
    • Microsoft SQL 2005 Express Edition (available at no charge from Microsoft)
  • Improved scalability, with proven ability to push up to 500,000 new passwords to target devices, daily. This is accomplished with just three Windows/Intel servers in a multi-master replicated configuration.
  • The scheduler that pushes new passwords out to target systems has been enhanced, and supports time-of-day and day-of-week restrictions.
  • The user interface has been rebranded to reflect the Hitachi ID Systems company name and has been improved in many ways.

"Privileged password management is an increasingly important component of organizations' identity management strategy. Hitachi ID Privileged Access Manager meets this need and addresses the most critical technical requirements: high availability, data protection and interoperability with the full spectrum of customer infrastructure, including workstations, servers, applications and network devices," said Idan Shoham, Hitachi ID Systems CTO.

Free Hitachi ID Privileged Access Manager 5.0 evaluation software is available for download. Prospective customers are encouraged to contact a Hitachi ID Systems sales representative to arrange for a trial.

Customers currently using earlier versions of Hitachi ID Privileged Access Manager are encouraged to contact their account representative to arrange for an upgrade.

About Hitachi ID Systems

Hitachi ID Systems, Inc. is a leading provider of identity and access management solutions. Hitachi ID software helps almost 1000 organizations with over 12 million combined users meet security, internal control, regulatory compliance, IT cost reduction and user service objectives.

Hitachi ID Identity and Access Management Suite includes Hitachi ID Identity Manager, Hitachi ID Password Manager and Hitachi ID Privileged Access Manager These products manage identities, entitlements and authentication factors across both on-premises and SaaS applications in the cloud.

Industry analyst Ovum Consulting recently recognized Hitachi ID Systems as an enterprise identity and access management powerhouse, citing the company's robust technology and exemplary customer support. Ovum “believes that Hitachi ID's focus on reducing the administrative and helpdesk burden and the company's focus on bottom-up IAM reflects the way in which organizations operate.”

For more information about Hitachi ID Systems and its products, please visit or call 1.403.233.0740.

Hitachi ID Systems Contact

Dawn Mallyon
VP Marketing
Hitachi ID Systems, Inc.
500, 1401 1st Street S.E
Calgary, AB T2G 2J3
1.403.233.0740 ext. 324