Centralized User Management in the Cloud

Written by Rajat Bhargava on March 6, 2017

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JumpCloud® Directory-as-a-Service® centralizes user management, thereby making your life easier and increasing security. Once it’s set-up, JumpCloud becomes your central source for authentication, authorization, and management of your users. You can easily provision, deprovision, and manage user access to IT resources, such as laptops, servers, G Suite™, Office 365™, legacy and cloud applications, and your WiFi network, among others. This all happens from a cloud-hosted identity management service.

Active Directory® and On-Prem Resources

Almost twenty years ago, Microsoft® introduced Active Directory®. Over the next decade and a half, AD became the dominant user management platform. This, of course, made a great deal of sense. At the time, Microsoft Windows was the leading operating system and virtually all of an organization’s IT resources were on-prem. AD could handle that scenario and did a great job with it.

IT admins simply would provision a user and attach their user access to the right IT resources. End users would log into their machine and have access to whatever they needed. This was possible through a protocol called Kerberos. In a sense, it acted like a single sign-on solution.

Cross-Platform Environments and Cloud Hosting

Fast-forward to modern times where centralized user management is a much harder problem to solve. In addition to mobile devices, users are leveraging Mac®, Linux®, and Windows® devices. G Suite and Office 365 are the back-end platforms of choice for email and productivity solutions. Data centers aren’t on-prem anymore. Instead, they are hosted in the cloud and provided by AWS®, Google Cloud, or another provider. Web applications are being leveraged by the entire organization. As a result, IT admins are struggling with how to manage user access to the wide variety of IT resources.

JumpCloud Is Centralized User Management in the Cloud

The JumpCloud Directory-as-a-Service platform is focused on being the solution for centralized user management in the cloud. IT organizations can skip the heavy lifting of an on-prem identity management solution and have it delivered to them as a SaaS-based service. There is no software or hardware to procure, networking, and infrastructure to build and maintain, or ongoing management.

If you would like to learn more about how a centralized identity management platform from the cloud can support your IAM initiative, drop us a note. Also, please sign up for a free account to give our IDaaS solution a try. You will be able to easily, quickly, and securely onboard and offboard your users across a wide variety of IT resources.

Rajat Bhargava

Rajat Bhargava is co-founder and CEO of JumpCloud, the first Directory-as-a-Service (DaaS). JumpCloud securely connects and manages employees, their devices and IT applications. An MIT graduate with two decades of experience in industries including cloud, security, networking and IT, Rajat is an eight-time entrepreneur with five exits including two IPOs, three trade sales and three companies still private.

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