Cloud Directory Samba File Server Authentication

By Jon Griffin Posted January 8, 2018

Many IT admins today are looking to move their IT infrastructure to the cloud. That includes their compute infrastructure, applications, data storage, and more. Unfortunately, not all of their IT resources can live in the cloud, so one key question that often comes up is whether or not their management tools can bridge their hybrid infrastructure. More specifically, can their cloud directory authenticate Samba file servers, which have historically been on-prem?

Why Keep On-Prem Storage?

IT admins are still working through what parts of the cloud are valuable to them and what parts of their IT infrastructure need to remain on-prem. One area that is quite difficult to sort through is storage systems. There are some excellent cloud storage options available, including Google Drive, Dropbox, Box, and many others.

The challenge, though, is that many use cases require higher performance, greater security, and better ROI. These situations can include organizations that regularly deal with large file sizes, strict regulatory requirements, or those that have massive amounts of storage. In all of these cases, there is a compelling reason to stay on-prem with their storage. Samba file servers and NAS (network attached storage) appliances can be a strong option.

Managing On-Prem Storage From the Cloud

So, even though their storage resources may remain on-prem, IT organizations’ management tools are being moved to the cloud. This is beginning to create a disconnect. Fortunately, the cloud directory has recently become an option.

Historically, the identity provider has been on-prem. For almost two decades, Microsoft Active Directory® has been the on-prem directory services market share leader. But, as more IT resources shift to the cloud and become mixed platform and from multiple providers, AD is no longer the best choice.

A modern directory needs to match the modern IT environment, and it does that by securely managing and connecting users to their IT resources from the cloud – regardless of the platform, provider, protocol, or location. This is where the cloud directory from JumpCloud comes into play. JumpCloud’s Directory-as-a-Service® (DaaS) is connecting users to systems (Windows, Mac, Linux), cloud and on-prem servers (AWS, GCP, Azure, on-prem), web and on-prem applications via LDAP and SAML, wired and WiFi networks through RADIUS, and physical and virtual storage such as on-prem Samba file servers and NAS appliances.

The cloud directory solution Directory-as-a-Service is the modern directory that IT admins have been searching for, and it can leverage your existing G Suite, Office 365, or Active Directory credentials as the base identity for your users. The centralized directory is able to replicate those identities and federate them to a wide range of IT resources, including on-prem Samba file servers. The same identity that a user leverages for access to their machine becomes the one that is used for file server access.

JumpCloud’s Samba File Server Authentication

If you would like to learn more about the cloud directory Samba file server authentication, make sure you drop us a note. We would be happy to answer any of the questions you might have, and can even set up a demo so you can see the process live. Alternatively, if you would like to test out our DaaS platform for yourself, you can sign up for a free account. We offer 10 users free forever, with no credit card required. Then, you can test it out and make sure it works for your environment. Check it out today.

Jon Griffin

Jon Griffin works as a writer for JumpCloud, an organization focused on bringing centralized IT to the modern organization. He graduated with a degree in Professional and Technical Writing from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, and is an avid learner of new technology from cloud-based innovations to VR and more.

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