By Vince Lujan Posted February 9, 2018
A cloud directory that features macOS user management is highly sought after by modern IT organizations. This is because a number of IT categories have shifted to the cloud over the last decade, and enterprise systems have expanded to include Macs. Yet, the directory services category has remained largely on-prem with solutions like Microsoft® Active Directory® (AD).
The good news is that a next generation virtual directory service has emerged that can help to shift identity management infrastructure to the cloud. In short, it’s called JumpCloud Directory-as-a-Service®. However, before we discuss the advantages of this cloud forward approach to identity management, we should step back and discuss why IT admins need a new approach to begin with.
Traditional User Management
The identity provider has historically been an on-prem IT management solution. Active Directory is the most common example, which can be found in a lot of older organizations with more mature IT infrastructures. Microsoft introduced AD in 1999 to help manage on-prem networks that were largely comprised of Windows® based systems, applications, and services. AD has served IT admins well over the years in this type of environment.
However, legacy solutions like AD began to struggle in the mid-2000’s with the introduction of cloud apps and infrastructure, along with the rising popularity of macOS and Linux systems. These types of solutions have gained popularity ever since. While it has been great for end users, the challenge is that legacy user management solutions like AD aremanaging less and less of an IT infrastructure.
The simple fact is that legacy solutions like AD were designed for a different era of IT. Consequently, they will continue to offer diminishing returns as more IT resources shift to the cloud and networks adopt more macOS and Linux alternatives. Add to the fact that many modern IT organizations seek to eliminate the majority of their on-prem IT infrastructure, and it is easy to see why IT admins are interested in a cloud directory that features macOS user management. This is where JumpCloud Directory-as-a-Service comes into play.
JumpCloud Directory Feature macOS User Management
JumpCloud Directory-as-a-Service is a comprehensive cloud directory that connects users to their systems, applications, files, and networks. MacOS user management is a core feature of this hosted directory service. In other words, that means IT admins will be able to manage macOS users from one central location in the cloud. Check out the following JumpCloud tutorial to learn more.
The JumpCloud platform provides user management for macOS, Linux, and Windows systems. That is in addition to the ability to control user access to virtually any IT resource. Examples include web applications like Salesforce, on-prem applications like OpenVPN, cloud productivity platforms like G Suite and Office 365, cloud infrastructure like AWS or GCP, Samba file servers and NAS appliances like Synology and QNAP, wired and WiFi networks via RADIUS, and more.
Contact the JumpCloud team to learn more about the cloud directory feature macOS user management. You can also sign up for a Directory-as-a-Service account and manage macOS users from the cloud today. Your first ten users are free forever to help you explore the full functionality of our platform at no cost. We don’t even require a credit card to sign up!