AppViewX vs Keyfactor

Learn why next-generation PKI and digital identity automation solutions from AppViewX are the right choice for your organization

Why do customers choose
AppViewX over Keyfactor?

With hundreds of out-of-the-box and custom automation workflows, AppViewX enables customers to manage machine, application and workload identities the way they want to across their modern, unique and complex environments.

AppViewX is purpose built in the cloud for the cloud so customers can simplify certificate lifecycle management across multiple cloud services from AWS, Google Cloud Platform and Azure from one centralized control console.

AppViewX offers customers flexible deployment models, built-in integrations and self-service capabilities to implement and operate cross-functional certificate lifecycle management – enabling enterprise-wide crypto-agility

AppViewX and Keyfactor Comparison

Complete certificate visibility, scalability, end-to-end automation, advanced technology stacks, and rapid time-to-value are just some of the reasons why AppViewX is the best-in-class PKI and digital identity management solution.


Platform, Deployment & Scalability


  • Monolithic architecture
  • Updates are time consuming due to the many distributed components
  • Windows platform centric

  • Microservices-based architecture that enables plugin-based upgrades with native service mesh and Zero Trust capabilities
  • Modern architecture based on Linux/Java for easy integration with any environment


  • Single tenant only
  • Requires a Gateway server to be installed in each forest/domain
  • CLM requires separate components for each function leading to high maintenance

  • Single or multi-tenant SaaS solution options
  • Can serve Test/QA/Prod within the same instance
  • Can be deployed as a containerized application on-premises and in the cloud, including:
    Amazon EKS
    Azure AKS

Packaged Database

  • No built-in database
  • Only supports MSSQL for external database
  • Customer is responsible for licensing and maintenance of SQL

  • Built-in database to store certificate and key information

High Availability & Scalability

  • No true High Availability
  • "Active-passive" only (only one server can be active at a time)
  • No cluster awareness. The gateway server can communicate only to one CA, and if the CA is down, the secondary gateway server needs to be initiated manually and synchronized to connect to the Secondary CA

  • High Availability and performance with fully scalable application/database -level cluster solutions
  • Single node or Multi-node option
  • Unlimited scalability to instantly scale from hundreds to millions of managed certificates

Certificate Lifecycle Management & Automation


  • Certificate-only discovery
  • No built-in support to detect cipher suites and TLS versions

Smart Discovery:

  • Scans and discovers all certificates as well as machines and applications
  • Detailed reports on cipher suites and TLS versions

Automated Provisioning

  • Delivers certificates to endpoints but requires manual configuration of applications to bind certificates

  • Zero Touch - Delivers certificates to endpoints and binds the certificates to the applications


Multi-step Migration Process

  • A CA switch can take up to 15 minutes. A script needs to be run on the failover CA gateway server to copy the schema files before it could take over the role.

Seamless CA Migration

  • Switching CAs is a one-click operation

Automation Workflows

  • No support for workflows

  • Automation workflows - out-of-the-box and custom visual workflows facilitating one-click and/or zero-touch provisioning and renewals

Authentication Methods

  • Limited support for authentication methods
  • No support for MFA

  • Extensive list of supported authentication methods including MFA, such as RSA SecureID, LDAP, TACACS, Radius, SAML, OAuth API verification or mTLS


AWS Onboarding and CLM

  • Requires manual onboarding of AWS Accounts

  • Automated Onboarding of larger number of AWS accounts and CLM for Large Enterprises

Built-in Integrations

  • Limited number of third-party integrations

  • Extensive (40+) third-party integrations with CAs, ITSM, SIEM, MDM, DevOps tools, and endpoints

HSM Integrations

  • Limited HSM integrations available

  • Integrations with leading HSM vendors including Entrust, Fortanix, Gemalto, Safenet, Thales, Amazon HSM, Utimaco, and Quintessence Labs

Private PKI

PKI-as-a-Service (PKIaaS)

  • Built for On-Prem (installed in the cloud)
  • Learning curve and PKI expertise required

Ready-to-consume PKIaaS

  • Cloud-Native
  • Provision CAs within minutes with no learning curve and PKI expertise needed

Why AppViewX is the preferred Certificate Lifecycle Management solution for Fortune 1000 companies

Better certificate discovery

AppViewX CERT+ scans your network, applications, and other endpoints for certificates and creates a comprehensive inventory with details on certificate type, Certificate Authority (CA), and expiration dates. The discovery engine runs on isolated and segmented environments making it ideal for the cloud. The platform also integrates with popular scanning solutions such as Qualys and Rapid7 and imports their data to create a comprehensive inventory within CERT+. Additionally, users can control the speed and depth of discovery based on their bandwidth.

End-to-end certificate lifecycle automation

AppViewX CERT+ monitors and presents the real-time statuses of certificates on dashboards and sends you alerts when a certificate nears expiry or any certificate related weakness or vulnerability. When a certificate is about to expire, AppViewX CERT+ automatically renews it by requesting the CA for a new certificate, downloads it, and binds it to the endpoint, saving time, resources and preventing expensive outages. It also runs compliance checks against set policies and criteria and performs automated rollbacks in case of non-compliance.

Built-in database

AppViewX CERT+ comes with a built-in database to securely store certificate and key information. You don’t have to invest in an external database and integrate it with your PKI solution, resulting in a significantly lower TCO.

Quick and easy updates

AppViewX CERT+ follows a plugin-based microservice architecture - which means when a new device or CA is added, you don’t have to update the entire platform, just the plugins. This functionality is especially useful for cloud and container-based applications, where certificate validity may only last for a few hours and new vendors are added at an accelerated pace.

Granular control over PKI

Give cross-functional teams fine-grained control over certificates and keys. Define granular role-based access control and approval hierarchies to prevent unchecked certificate requests, and leverage built in audit systems to document every change made to your PKI. The possibility of unknown certificates expiring and causing outages is eliminated, adding layers of security, reliability and compliance.

Secure, ready-to-use, and highly Scalable PKI-as-a-Service

AppViewX PKI+ is a turnkey, scalable and compliant PKI-as-a-Service. Enterprises can set up a robust and secure private CA hierarchy in minutes and start issuing private trust certificates right away. There is no PKI expertise required and no hardware or software to buy or manage. PKI+ with AppViewX CERT+ combines modern private PKI with end-to-end certificate lifecycle automation for provisioning private certificates as well as public certificates from external CAs, all from a centralized console.

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