Nexus Smart ID Certificate Manager vs Microsoft Active Directory Certificate Services

Evaluating platforms for your Corporate PKI?

Many potential customers use server – client infrastructure based on the Microsoft platform, where customers already may be using MS Active Directory Certificate Services (ADCS) or consider start using MS ADCS. This document can be used as support and guidance when an organization wants to compare solutions.

There are some basic differences between the products that affect the overall costs associated with the PKI. The following key features in Smart ID Certificate Manager are important differentiators between the products:

1) Modular setup: it is possible to run CA, RA, DB, Key generation and OCSP responders on seperate hosts, to increase security, redundancy, performance and flexibility, or on shared hosts to lower complexity, and be able to reflect requirements defined by the organizations.

2) Multi-tenancy support: it is possible to run multiple CA instances in the same software installation on a single host, sharing hardware, software and maintenance as well as third-party integration such as backup, monitoring and logs, that lower the total costs.

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