Cloud-based Active Directory® Replacement

Written by Rajat Bhargava on December 2, 2016

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There’s a lot of buzz in the identity and access management marketplace about a cloud-based Active Directory replacement. With everything moving to the cloud, the logical thing that IT admins are wondering is if there is a cloud AD replacement in the marketplace.

Imagine a Cloud-Based Active Directory Replacement

Active Directory Problems

There is a cloud-based Active Directory replacement. However, it isn’t from Microsoft. It’s called Directory-as-a-Service®. It is an independent unified cloud directory service that connects users to the IT resources they need to access, including systems, applications, and networks. The best part of Directory-as-a-Service is that it will work with virtually all of the various IT components that you have, including Macs, Linux, AWS, Google Apps, Microsoft Office 365, and more.

JumpCloud® has Reimagined Active Directory for the Cloud

daas Directory-as-a-Service

The cloud AD replacement is run as a SaaS-based platform, so IT organizations don’t need to purchase hardware, install and configure software, or manage and maintain the system. Instead, IT organizations simply run the cloud directory service. All of the heavy lifting is left up to the provider. From a cost perspective, organizations only pay for what they need. It’s the modern approach to reimagining Active Directory for the cloud era.

Azure is not a Full Cloud-Based Solution


Many in the identity management industry will point to Azure Active Directory® as another cloud-based alternative to the legacy, on-prem Active Directory version. IT admins know that it’s not. Azure AD is largely an identity provider for Azure services.

Microsoft’s strategy relies on the traditional Active Directory to handle authentications with on-prem devices. Mac and Linux machines as well as AWS, Google Apps, and others are largely out of luck.

A replacement for Active Directory needs to encompass a number of different critical requirements. As a cloud directory service replacing AD, it needs to be able to authenticate and authorize user access to systems, applications, and networks whether located on-prem or in the cloud. The unified cloud directory should work with all of the modern platforms. Also, it needs embed security into an organization’s identity management practice. In short, it needs to be the next generation of Active Directory.

Get Your Active Directory Replacement

If you would like to learn more about how cloud-based Active Directory replacement works, drop us a note. Better yet, give it a try for yourself. Finally, please be aware that your first 10 users are free forever.

We also offer a fun ‘Breaking Up with Active Directory’ ebook and a more practical guide to AD Migration in 5 steps.

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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