The total cost of ownership (TCO) for a web access management solution is composed of many factors, including:
- One-time software license cost. Most competing WAM products are priced on a per-licensed-user basis, although per-concurrent-user and per-CPU licenses are becoming more common.
- One-time cost of any server hardware required to run the WAM software. Most competing WAM products require “policy servers” that manage the policy enforcement points (web agents). The number of policy servers that are required for a given WAM deployment depends both on the number of concurrent users, as well as the number of web applications and resources that are being protected by the WAM infrastructure.
- Recurring support and maintenance costs for the WAM software and hardware. Support and maintenance costs are often priced as a percentage of the one-time software and hardware costs.
- Recurring personnel costs. The IT staff required for a WAM infrastructure include system administrators to maintain any policy servers, operations staff to administer, monitor and maintain the WAM software, engineering staff to integrate the WAM solution into the enterprise web infrastructure, and technology compliance staff to generate audit reports.
The maXecurity products have been designed to reduce or eliminate many of the components of the total cost of ownership for a web access management solution:
|Total Cost of Ownership|
All-in-one, secure hardware appliance
No Windows, Unix or Linux system administrators are required for support and maintenance
|Agentless, reverse proxy architecture||No dedicated IT engineering staff is required to integrate the maXecurity products into the enterprise web infrastructure|
|Built-in audit reporting||
Reduces or eliminates the need for dedicated IT staff to generate compliance reports for auditors
|Delegated administration||Reduces the operations staff required to support and maintain the web access management infrastructure. Infrastructure administrators can delegate policy administration to web developers, reducing or eliminating the need for a centralized WAM policy administration team|