By Natalie Bluhm Posted February 21, 2018
IT networks are changing dramatically right before our eyes. Perhaps nowhere is that change more visible than in the data center. The migration of infrastructure from on-premises to the cloud has been so acute that Cisco recently reported that cloud data centers are expected to process 94% of workloads and compute instances by 2021. Clearly, remote data centers like Amazon Web Services (AWS®) are eliminating the traditional data center. This is why IT admins are interested in the cloud directory feature AWS server user management.
By shifting to cloud computing with AWS, IT organizations are experiencing tremendous benefits that include lower costs and improved agility, productivity, and data center consolidation (Suse).
The challenge is that cloud transformation hasn’t just impacted the data center. As IT organizations shift to remote servers, web-based applications, and wireless networks, it has become critical to revisit the strategy for identity management. Let’s take a look at why.
Active Directory is for an On-Prem Environment
For a long time, a core identity has been hosted within Microsoft® Active Directory® (AD), an on-prem identity provider. AD was created in an era where networks were all on-prem and Windows® based. Naturally, Active Directory thrives when it is managing this exact type of environment. AWS is not an on-prem, Microsoft resource, so the steady shift to AWS’s data centers has greatly impacted AD’s effectiveness.
Inefficient AWS Server User Management with AD
Amazon has attempted to address AD’s limitations in managing user access to AWS with a number of work arounds. One of their answers was to create a separate AWS Directory Service solution, which is an AWS hosted AD instance. This approach is not all that helpful though. IT admins are stuck with either managing two separate directory services, or they need to figure out how to integrate the two together to ensure that they are always in sync. Either way, it ends up being a lot of work.
Instead of further complicating their identity and access management (IAM) infrastructure, forward thinking IT organizations are going another route. They are replacing their on-prem directory service altogether, and are opting for a cloud directory with AWS server user management capabilities.
JumpCloud’s Cloud Directory Feature AWS Server User Management
This solution called JumpCloud Directory-as-a-Service® has the ability to control user access to Windows, Mac, and Linux systems that are located on-prem, in the cloud (e.g. AWS), or at remote offices and facilities. In fact, the goal of this modern cloud identity management platform is to securely manage and connect users to their IT resources regardless of platform, protocol, provider, and location. In addition to system and server management, this means you’ll be able to achieve fine-tuned control over the following resources: LDAP and SAML based applications, virtual and Samba based file storage, and wired and WiFi networks via RADIUS. With JumpCloud Directory-as-a-Service, you’ll be able to fully move IAM to the cloud, efficiently manage user access to AWS servers, and securely control all the IT resources in your environment.
Find Out More
Read about AWS server user management in action by checking out the Tamr Case Study. Using JumpCloud, Tamr centralized user access to about 300 remote servers. If you have any questions about our cloud directory feature AWS server user management, drop us a note. You are also more than welcome to start testing JumpCloud’s server user management by signing up for a free account. You will have full access to our cloud-based directory services and your first ten users are free forever.