Generic Is Limited Extensible Is Limitless – Charles Leaver

Written By Charles Leaver Ziften CEO


Whether you call them extensions, or call them modifications – no matter what they are called, the very best technology platforms can be customized to fit a company’s specific business needs. Generic operations tools are fine at carrying out generic operations jobs. Generic security tools are fine at attending to generic security challenges. Generic can just take you so far, though, and that’s where extensibility steps in.

Extensibility shows up typically when I’m talking to customers and potential customers, and I’m proud that a Global 10 business chose Ziften over everybody else in the market mostly on that basis. For that client, and lots of others, the capability to deeply tailor platforms is a requirement.

This isn’t about simply developing custom reports or custom alerts. Let’s be sincere – the capability to create reports are baseline capability of numerous IT operations and security management tools. True extensibility goes deep into the solution to provide it abilities that solve real issues for the company.

One client used lots of mobile IoT devices, and had to have our Zenith real time visibility and control system be able to gain access to (and monitor) the memory of those devices. That’s not a basic feature provided by Zenith, because our low footprint agent doesn’t hook into the os kernel or work through standard device drivers. However, we dealt with the client to customize Zenith with that ability – and it turned out to be simpler than anyone imagined.

Another customer took a look at the standard set of end point data that the agent collects, and wished to include extra data fields. They also wished to setup the administrative console with custom-made actions using those data fields, and press those actions back out to those endpoints. No other endpoint tracking and security option could supply the function for adding that functionality other than Ziften.

What’s more, the client developed those extensions themselves … and owns the code and intellectual property. It becomes part of their own secret sauce, their own organization differentiator, and distinct to their organization. They could not be happier. And neither could we.

With lots of other IT operations and security systems, if clients desire extra features or capabilities, the only choice is to submit that as a future feature demand, and hope that it appears in an approaching version of the product. Till then, regrettable.

That’s not how we designed our flagship solutions, Zenith and ZFlow. Due to the fact that our end point agent isn’t really based upon kernel hooks or device drivers, we can enable significant extensibility, and open up that extensibility for customers to access directly.

Similarly, with our administrative consoles and back-end monitoring systems; everything is customizable. And that was built in right from the beginning.

Another area of customization is that our real-time and historic visibility database can integrate into your other IT operations and security platforms, including SIEM tools, risk intelligence, IT ticketing system, job orchestration systems, and data analytics. With Zenith and ZFlow, there are no more silos. Ever.

In the world of endpoint tracking and management, extensions are significantly where it’s at. IT operations and business security teams need the capability to customize their tools platforms to fit their specific requirements for monitoring and handling IoT, standard endpoints, the data center, and the cloud. In numerous customer conversations, our integrated extensibility has actually caused eyes to illuminate, and won us trials and implementations. Tell us about your customized requirements, and let’s see exactly what we can do.

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