Is there really much debate on what the best RADIUS server is? Most would probably say FreeRADIUS, and for good reason. FreeRADIUS has been around for a long time, with its development beginning in August of 1999 by Alan DeKok and Miquel van Smoorenburg. While these two figures were instrumental in getting FreeRADIUS off the ground, so to speak, it’s open source nature enabled many people to contribute to the code over time. This collaboration helped to make FreeRADIUS the world standard it is today.
RADIUS’s Place on the Network
RADIUS is a core part of the networking world; its implementation helps manage IT networks. With the proliferation of WiFi in the modern era, this functionality has become increasingly important because networks are no longer mainly accessed via wired connections. Not that RADIUS can’t enable access to wired networks, but a side effect of a wired connection is security via proximity. Users have to plug in. Now, anyone with a WiFi-enabled laptop (what laptop doesn’t have WiFi?) can attempt to access the network whether they’re in a vehicle in the parking lot or the next room over. With a WiFi network secured by a properly implemented FreeRADIUS server, however, network users are able to leverage their own unique set of credentials to gain access to the network. No more shared SSIDs and password combinations found on the whiteboard. No more word of mouth password exchanges. No more worry over who is and who isn’t on the network.
RADIUS and the Cloudward Shift
As the computing world migrates towards the cloud, companies and their IT admins are searching for ways to implement the best RADIUS server via a software-as-a-service (SaaS) delivery model. That’s because admins have realized just how much time savings come from leaving on-prem implementations behind and leveraging a service to provide the functionality they seek, in this case RADIUS. For example, FreeRADIUS has an extremely flexible nature that includes a vast array of configuration options that make it daunting to work with. In addition, actually implementing FreeRADIUS includes integrating it with a directory service, WAPs (wireless access points), routers, switches, and ensuring that each endpoint is running the proper RADIUS protocol. It’s a lot of work, and many IT admins want to save time and money by offloading that work to a SaaS provider.
The Best RADIUS Server is a Service?
The good news is a solution now exists for IT admins with this mindset, and it’s RADIUS-as-a-Service from JumpCloud®. RADIUS-as-a-Service is delivered completely in the cloud with the configuration, maintenance, and security no longer on a sysadmin’s shoulder’s. Instead, IT admins are simply responsible for managing user access to the network while the rest is taken care of by JumpCloud. Additionally, JumpCloud Directory-as-a-Service® can authenticate users to virtually all of their IT resources, so IT organizations can eliminate all of their on-prem identity management hardware. Simply load your users in the core cloud directory service and those users can be authenticated to all their IT resources with a single set of credentials via a concept delivered by JumpCloud called True Single Sign-On™. This ability allows users to log in to their web applications (Salesforce®, DocuSign™, etc.), legacy LDAP applications (MySQL™, Jira®, and more), cloud infrastructure, file servers on prem and off (e.g. NAS Devices, Samba, Box™, G Drive™), and many more. With all this integration in one console, JumpCloud can help you Make Work Happen™.
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