A Hosted LDAP Solution: Directory-as-a-Service™ (DaaS) Makes User-Directories Simple, Effective

Written by Rajat Bhargava on December 4, 2014

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IT admins are conflicted. They love the concept of an LDAP-based authentication infrastructure, yet they hate the level of effort it takes to setup and maintain. A new concept of a hosted LDAP solution is creating a managed OpenLDAP alternative.

For decades, admins have leveraged OpenLDAP as the standard directory for *NIX systems and applications. Some have even used it for their Microsoft systems. However, they’ve struggled with the pain of connecting their users, devices, and applications together because of any number of issues: networking complexity, security concerns, poor usability, lack of cross-platform support and/or the migration of infrastructure to cloud-based managed hosting environments.

The cloud is changing the game for IT. Organizations are shifting their current business operations into the cloud, and are seeking out SaaS-based services to replace antiquated infrastructure, services, and applications they no longer need to manage on-premise. Additionally, IT admins are off-loading the heavy-lifting of the on-going management of services to experts in each area, so their own core competencies and priorities can take center stage. No servers to host. No software to manage and update. No digging through code to figure out how to make critical systems and protocols like LDAP work, and keep working.

Benefit From Our Hosted LDAP Solution

In the spirit of these major IT trends and movements to SaaS, JumpCloud is building the first Directory-as-a-Service™ solution—and effectively being the first to shift what once was an on-premise application, to a secure, cloud-based, and always-available solution. JumpCloud’s hosted LDAP solution offers organizations a simple, efficient alternative to hosting and managing their own LDAP directory with a single, central directory that can be leveraged across an entire enterprise by multiple devices, applications, and users.

The new DaaS solution is simple. Employees are populated into JumpCloud’s central identity provider and all devices and applications can either point to JumpCloud’s hosted LDAP server or leverage the JumpCloud agent for authentication and authorization. JumpCloud’s central web-based console provides a self-service portal to offload the on-boarding of new users including resetting passwords and keys.

As with most cloud-based services, JumpCloud’s Identity-as-a-Service platform is cost-effective, reliable, convenient, and allows businesses to allocate more time to its core business functions.

If you are leveraging LDAP internally and are tired of managing and ensuring its uptime, availability and security, give JumpCloud a try. If you are looking to leverage a cloud-based directory to connect your users, devices, and applications, JumpCloud’s Directory-as-a-Service solution may be the right fit for you.

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