Better Cloud vs JumpCloud Directory-as-a-Service

Written by Greg Keller on December 8, 2015

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Better Cloud’s solution is, at times, compared to JumpCloud’s Directory-as-a-Service. With similar language around a few features – specifically user and directory management – it is easy to understand why IT admins can be confused about the differences between the two solutions. JumpCloud’s Directory-as-a-Service is aimed at being the core, authoritative directory service for organizations, while Better Cloud is the management console for Google Apps and Microsoft Office 365.

No Two Clouds are the Same

The two solutions are complementary to each other and serve very different purposes. JumpCloud’s DaaS is meant to securely connect users to the IT resources – devices, applications, and networks – that they need. JumpCloud authenticates, authorizes, and manages user access. The cloud-based directory connects users to their Windows, Mac, or Linux devices whether on-premises or in the cloud. It further connects users to cloud and on-premises applications leveraging major authentication protocols LDAP and SAML.  Additionally, JumpCloud helps to control WiFi access through RADIUS integration. All of these different functions are aimed at helping IT administrators to control user access to their IT resources.

Better Cloud, on the other hand, is providing a management layer to Google Apps and Office 365. Better Cloud provides a variety of valuable features to help manage and secure those two platforms. These capabilities include controlling access to files, auditing licenses, monitoring email inboxes, and whether third party applications can be added. IT admins have one central, deep management console for these applications.

Understanding the Overlap, Gap, and Making the Leap to the Cloud

The primary area of overlap that sometimes confuses IT departments is that both Better Cloud and JumpCloud can provision, manage, and deprovision users. While these worlds are very similar, the actual functions are overall different. Although the user is provisioned by both, the core management and credentials are only stored by JumpCloud. In the case of Better Cloud, the user’s identity is passed to Google Apps and Office 365. While JumpCloud can provision the accounts, it retains authoritative control over the identity. From there, though, there is very little, if any, overlap between the two solutions. Better Cloud’s mission is to provide management over the productivity suites as JumpCloud focuses on being the cloud-based directory service.

If you would like to learn more about how Better Cloud and JumpCloud’s Directory-as-a-Service are different and, yet, complementary, drop us a note. We’d be happy to discuss it with you. If you would like to integrate the solutions together, please sign-up for a free account. Your first 10 users are free forever.

Greg Keller

JumpCloud CTO, Greg Keller is a career product visionary and executive management leader. With over two decades of product management, product marketing, and operations experience ranging from startups to global organizations, Greg excels in successful go-to-market execution.

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