By Rajat Bhargava Posted April 11, 2017
The IT landscape is dramatically shifting. New platforms and providers are emerging to make IT organizations more efficient and their end users more productive than ever. IT is becoming a core part of any business or nonprofit. Organizations that can successfully leverage new technologies can fully take advantage of the cost and revenue opportunities available in their market.
Why Cloud IAM?
The shift to hybrid cloud environments is a major trend that IT admins are embracing. Many organizations have legacy systems on-prem but are shifting to the cloud. As a result, they are straddling the on-prem and cloud worlds, but their management tools are struggling to keep up. While it is easy to say that IT organizations should make the leap to the cloud and ditch their on-prem resources, we know that’s not possible. Their users will still come into their offices and need capabilities locally. However, there is also no denying that the future is moving to the cloud.
The Need for a Modern Cloud Identity Management Platform
The idea of a modern cloud identity management platform to bridge the two worlds is critical. Historically, organizations have leveraged Microsoft Active Directory®, but that legacy, on-prem system is struggling to shift to the new cloud era.
The concept of a modern directory must advance the idea of directory services. It must be an authentication, authorization, and management platform for employees, their devices, and applications. Modern directories must be flexible enough to work both with a company’s cloud and on-premise infrastructure in terms of authentication and authorization as well as system management for Windows, Macs, and Linux devices. There should be no distinction between cloud and on-prem applications. Cloud server infrastructure should be managed like data centers of the past. WiFi networks should have security as good as, if not better than, wired.
In order to accomplish the mission of managing hybrid environments, a cloud identity management platform needs to meet a number of core requirements.
5 Requirements of Cloud Identity Management:
- Cloud-based – from the cloud, for the cloud, but also on-prem
- Ubiquitous – there should be no distinction due to platform, provider, or protocol
- Management – SaaS-delivery should shift the maintenance and management of directory services to the cloud provider
- Security – identity security is more critical than ever; a cloud identity management solution should help an organization step-up security
- Simplicity – IT admins are beyond busy; they need management tools that simplify their life and give them leverage
These 5 key requirements of a cloud identity management platform are helpful to think about as you start to investigate shifting your identity and access management infrastructure to the cloud.
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