By George Lattimore Posted July 21, 2018
If you’re looking around the web and wondering if there’s a cloud directory tool that can be helpful for your IT organization—you’re not alone. The short answer is yes. Without a doubt, you can shift your directory services solution to the cloud for immediate gains while securing a number of critical benefits.
Stick, Twist, or Get MAD?
We’re all well aware that the identity management category has been owned by Microsoft® for almost two decades. With their directory services platform, Active Directory® (AD or MAD), Microsoft has been connecting users to the on-prem, Windows®-based IT resources those users have needed. No one’s questioning the usefulness brought about by this service. Leveraging Active Directory made a great deal of sense given that the world was largely run on Windows and happily tethered to a server with LAN cables snaking around a brick-and-mortar building.
But, we’re also well aware that the IT landscape has taken some fantastic turns as of late. With the move to cloud infrastructure, web applications, and mobile users, the concept of an all-Windows closed network just isn’t practical anymore. The times have changed, as they tend to do.
Twisting to a Cloud Directory Tool
Today’s world is leveraging AWS® for cloud infrastructure, G Suite™ and Office 365™ for productivity applications and email, web applications such as Salesforce®, Slack, GitHub™, and, well, you get the picture. Throw in Mac® and Linux® systems on top of Windows in Internet-cafe-style networks, and we’re about up to speed. All of these changes have radically transformed how IT admins need to manage their users and systems. The reality is it’s no longer good enough to just drop in MAD and say it’s the best it can be.
To fully optimize an enterprise and compete globally, modern IT organizations are searching for a modern directory services approach that can connect all of their disparate IT resources together with all of their on-the-move users. In an era with a motley crew of varying platforms, protocols, providers, and locations, all sequencing to gain access to IT resources, achieving central unification is nothing short of a necessity. A tall order, sure, but a necessity nonetheless.
SaaS-based Identity Solution
The good news is that a cloud directory tool called JumpCloud® Directory-as-a-Service® is taking on this identity management challenge for organizations worldwide. As a SaaS-based identity provider, this modern cloud directory securely connects users to systems (Windows, Mac, Linux), cloud and on-prem servers (e.g. AWS) web and legacy applications via SAML and LDAP, cloud and on-prem file servers (i.e. Samba file servers, NAS appliances, Box, etc.), and wired and WiFi networks through RADIUS.
Interested in hearing more about how JumpCloud Directory-as-a-Service can effectively replace your organization’s need for a cloud directory tool? Contact us directly, or go ahead and sign up for the platform and start exploring how to streamline your identity management system. The first 10 users are free-of-charge, forever.