New Zealand cloud applications specialist, Cloudbreak, is renaming to Hapara and going global with its portfolio of cloud products and services that provide enhanced functionality for large enterprise deployments of Google Apps.
“Our evolution from a cloud consulting to cloud products business was in the plan from the beginning,” says Jan Zawadzki, CEO Hapara, “we encountered the same customer needs during a number of implementation projects and have sought to leverage the power of Google App Engine platform to extend the capability of Google Apps even further.”
Hapara is New Zealand’s most experienced Google Apps implementation company with over 20 Google and enterprise deployments under their belt – including the provision of specialist technical advice to New Zealand Post, and the largest Google Apps deployment in the country to Unitec’s 46,000 users.
“Hapara’s specialist expertise has helped us to leapfrog capabilities for our students," says Unitec’s Director of Information Technology, Peter Winquist.
The company’s international go to market plans have been brought forward several months due to overwhelming interest in Access Manager for Google Apps, the first Hapara product to be released. Information on the product has gone viral and been picked up via the global grapevine of user group forums and social media channels. Hapara has been receiving daily enquiries from large organisations in North America, and Europe. The company will be announcing the global availability of Access Manager in the Google App Marketplace within the next few weeks.
Access Manager is an enterprise management add-on for Google Apps that simplifies the administration of large scale enterprise Google App deployments, and supplies the essential features required by security and network administrators. The product is purchased as a cloud service. Features include real-time password synchronization with systems like Active Directory and OpenLDAP, desktop single sign-on, two-factor authentication using mobile phones, integration with Facebook and the ability to customise and track access to login screens. The outcome for users is easier and more secure access to their mailbox using the same username and password they already use for logging into their enterprise’s network.
“What makes Access Manager unique is the way it leaves the enterprise in control over the management and storage of their own identity credentials,” says Mr. Zawadzki.
In just under 6 months since the initial release, Access Manager has gained over 45,000 users across 6 organisations including Unitec and a major New Zealand electronics company.
Access Manager is the first of several Hapara cloud applications to be released.