Keyfactor vs Venafi

Discover why enterprises choose Keyfactor over Venafi for cloud-first PKI and machine identity management.

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Purpose-built for cloud

Designed for cloud-native enterprises with SaaS and fully-managed service deployment models.

Designed for on-prem

On-premises, legacy architecture design that is deployed by the customer; limited SaaS capabilities.

Next-gen architecture

Modular, distributed components integrate easily with existing tools and apps; no need to re-issue certificates.

Legacy architecture

More difficult to deploy and connect to infrastructure; re-engineering workflows and re-issuing certificates.

AnyCATM technology

Our unique CA Gateways deploy within minutes and deliver real-time inventory and remote management for any public, private, or hosted CA.


Their technology often requires manual PowerShell scripting and delivers inconsistent features between different CAs.


Built-in PKI as-a-Service

Our customers can deploy the platform with a built-in, fully cloud-hosted, and 24/7 managed PKI, including a dedicated offline root CA.

No PKI as-a-Service

Cannot offer all-in-one PKI and certificate management; no past experience with managed PKI services.

CLMaaS (and more)

SaaS options for all modules: certificate lifecycle management (CLMaaS), SSH key management, secure code signing, and encryption key management.


No complete CLMaaS solution: Inconsistent features between Venafi Cloud and Venafi Trust Protection Platform (TPP).

SOC 2 Type II Certified

SOC 2 Type II audited annually to provide high-assurance and customer confidence in all of our security and privacy controls.

No SOC 2 Type II

No regular participation in SOC 2 Type II audits.


Unified management console

One unified, easy-to-navigate console makes it easy to manage all machine identities from a single pane.

Multiple consoles

Still migrating multiple consoles into one; users require more clicks and navigation to achieve the same results.

360 Certificate VisibilityTM

Provides end-to-end visibility with direct CA integrations, high-performance network discovery, agent-based and agentless discovery tools.


Venafi TPP relies more heavily on network-based discovery and scanning agents.

Search-driven inventory

Intuitive search engine allows users to easily find and group certificates, assign ownership, and take action with fewer clicks.

Folder-based inventory

Complex folder-based structure and policy trees are difficult to set up and don’t provide a simple view of certificates.


Easy licensing with full automation and functionality

Multiple modules and additional costs for basic functionality

Unlimited scalability

No per-certificate fees, no limits on certificates under management.

Pay to scale

Hard limits on the number of certificates under management; per-certificate fees create procurement headaches.

Tried, tested and proven

Keyfactor Command has been tested and proven to handle revocation and replacement of 500 million+ certificates with a single instance in the cloud.

Performance limits

Comparable performance is difficult to achieve with legacy architecture and on-premise dependencies.


24/7/365 services

Our elite team of experts that runs and operates PKI services 24/7/365 is accessible to all customers, whether they’re cloud-hosted or on-premise.

Standard software support

Hands-free upgrades

Simple ”hands-free” product updates for cloud-hosted customers; virtual-assisted updates for on-prem users.

Manual, heavy upgrades

Requires manual scheduling, upgrades, and maintenance on-premise.

Faster time to value

Easy to learn and become an expert on the platform; no costly training or services necessary.

Steep learning curve

Users require multi-day administrator training to learn basic setup, configuration, and functionality.

Rapid response

Up to 50% faster SLA support response times, quick resolution, and a reported 95% satisfaction rate (CSAT).

Standard response


Choose Keyfactor Over Venafi

Deploy Fast.
Run Anywhere.

Every machine identity

One platform for every machine identity: certificate lifecycle automation, SSH key management, secure code signing, and encryption key management.

Cloud PKI as-a-Service

Don’t let legacy PKI hold you back. Keyfactor delivers expert-managed PKI and certificate lifecycle automation in a single, cloud-hosted platform. No hardware, no headaches.

Flexible deployment

We’re cloud-first, not cloud-only. You have the flexibility to deploy in the cloud (SaaS), on-premise, or in hybrid environments. No deployment is too complex.

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Faster Time to Value Venafi Alternative

Faster Time to Value.

Complete 360 visibility

Visibility is priority #1. Keyfactor delivers better visibility and faster time to inventory with real-time synchronization to your CAs within minutes, plus network and agent-based discovery.

Automation out-of-the-box

Automation is a must. Our customers achieve results faster with out-of-the-box Orchestrators that enable automated renewal and deployment without the need for additional licensing.

Scalable, modular architecture

Leave complex deployments and upgrades behind. Keyfactor is built on a modular, pluggable architecture that makes it easier upgrade and deploy in hybrid cloud and segmented networks.

The Proof
is in Performance.

PKI experts, so you don’t have to be

We’re not just a software vendor, we’re a services provider. Whether you choose cloud or on-prem, you get access to an elite team of PKI experts and fast response times.

Leave no certificate behind

Per-certificate and per-host fees just aren’t scalable. Get predictable, transparent pricing that doesn’t force you to pick and choose which keys and certificates to manage.

Extreme scalability and performance

In the cloud, speed and scale are the name of the game. Our platform is tested and proven to handle 500 million certificates with just a single instance of Keyfactor Command.

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See how our customers achieve real results.

Don't take our word for it. Hear from our customers how a cloud-first approach enables them to move fast, adapt quickly and scale up without limitations.

“The SaaS model has us running with 100% uptime and 0% infrastructure footprint at a cost far far below what it would take to stand up and maintain internally.”

PKI Team Lead

Finance Industry

“Keyfactor’s employees worked closely with my company’s integration team to deliver the solution in less than 24 hours.”

Cybersecurity Architect

Healthcare Provider

“Keyfactor quickly adapted to our new needs and allowed us a novel way to connect to their hosted CA which let us avoid a bottleneck that would affect global services.”

Software Engineer

Healthcare Provider

“Keyfactor was able to build our prod infrastructure within a short period of time, integrate with Azure AD for SSO, Install and Configure the Orchestrator and the Cloud Gateway, integrate with Digicert CA via API, workflow and automation setup/tutorial/training.”

IT Architect

Financial Services

“Keyfactor is very easy to navigate and use for certificate management. Allowing users to create their own certificates has benefited our company tremendously and reduced the time between needing a certificate and getting a certificate.”

Sr. Security Systems Engineer