CA Software is a software product that is installed, either in a data centre or at the Customer site. This CA Software charges a once-off fee upfront that is based on the cost of the software, its configuration and installation and then the number of digital certificates required over the life of the product's use. The only other fee the Customer pays is an annual license fee to cover upgrades, patches and application telephone support required to keep the CA operational. Digi-CA™ Server is CA software.
The CA Software user creates and controls their own CA environment but in so doing must have reliable internet connections, hardware, hardware support, compliance documents, Administrator’s and its own technical support help desk.
The Shared CA, Digi-CA™ Shared, is a concept and capability that is unique to Digi-CA™. It is made possible by the component design and flexibility that is at the core design of Digi-CA™ and is not available from any other CA vendor.
The concept is simple: The benefits of outsourcing the entire CA to a Trusted Third Party [TTP] as a Managed CA may meet most of your main business objectives. In a second scenario, your organisation may require total ownership of the CA in which case the Managed CA is more suitable. But there is a third scenario where you want to own the critical assets but do not wish to manage everything internally. In this case, the Digi-CA™ Shared system is the solution.
In instances where critical assets, such as the use of a Hardware Security Module [HSM], databases, key storage and other functions must be retained by your organisation and the day-to-day administration, support, help desk, ‘critical response’ and other ‘non critical’ components can be outside your organisation, then Digi-CA™ will be your choice.
Digi-CA™ Shared offers all the technical backup and support components of your CA requirements and ‘fills in any gaps’ in your current environment. The external infrastructure, the team of professionals and specialist you require and other critical resources such as Disaster Recovery, critical response and Service Level Agreement [SLA], components can be outsourced with ease. At the same time, the principal assets and integrity you wish to own and control can remain inside your organisation.
Digi-CA™ Shared can be designed and delivered to meet your precise requirements and can combine physical IT assets, personnel, help desk, internal and external networks and servers. For further details contact a member of the Digi-CAST1™ Technical Advisor Team and they will advise you accordingly.
To decide on the best CA system for your environment, there are three key considerations you need to take into account: