By Natalie Bluhm Posted April 6, 2018
Controlling access to your systems, applications, files, and networks is a daunting task for any IT organization, but especially if your organization is a small to medium sized business (SMBs). What do you do? The good news is that a new generation of cloud identity and access management for SMBs is emerging to solve this problem. Let’s take a look at why a cloud identity management solution would be highly advantageous for SMBs.
SMBs Cloud Forward Approach
SMBs are taking advantage of some of the most innovative IT resources available. SMBs have been more aggressive about jumping to the cloud and leveraging web applications. Many SMBs have also shifted to WiFi networks and Infrastructure-as-a-Service providers such as AWS®. SMBs often haven’t had the legacy infrastructure that limits their ability to take advantage of new technology.
The result has been that many SMBs are some of the most innovative with their IT approaches out of all companies. In fact, most SMB IT organizations would rather shift as much of their IT infrastructure to the cloud as possible. According to a few studies, 78% of small businesses will have adopted cloud computing by 2020; 92% of small businesses are using one or more cloud-based solution; and small businesses have experienced a decrease in workload by at least 42% by switching to cloud solutions.
SMBs Need Modern Cloud IAM
While small to medium sized businesses have been embracing the cloud, one area they haven’t had luck transitioning to the cloud is directory services. For almost two decades now, Microsoft® Active Directory® has been the identity provider of choice regardless of the size of the organization. Of course, this worked when the IT infrastructure was Windows® and on-prem, despite also being pricey for SMBs. But, the IT admins in charge are clearly departing from this setup in favor of cloud, non-Microsoft based resources like web-based applications and remote servers hosted in AWS.
IT admins at SMBs are looking for a new generation of cloud identity and access management solutions to solve their challenges. Their requirements are to find a solution delivered as a service, and that works with a wide range of IT resources. That solution is called JumpCloud® Directory-as-a-Service®, and it is providing SMBs with a cost-effective, feature rich solution enabling them to shift completely shift to the cloud.
Use JumpCloud for Cloud IAM
Tightly integrated with SMB focused solutions such as G Suite ™, AWS, and others, JumpCloud’s cloud-based directory service securely manages and connects users to the IT resources they need including the following:
- Systems: Windows, Mac® and Linux®
- Servers: local and cloud servers like those in AWS or GCP
- Applications: on-prem and web-based like Jira® and Salesforce®
- Productivity platforms: G Suite and Office 365 ™
- Files: NAS appliances, Samba-based file servers, and virtual solutions like Box ™
- Networks: Wired and WiFi
JumpCloud Directory-as-a-Service is easy to use, secures identities, and creates a frictionless workflow for end users to access their IT resources, so it’s a great cloud IAM solution for SMBs.
Learn More About Cloud Identity and Access Management for SMBs
Learn more about using JumpCloud’s cloud identity and access management for SMBs by dropping us a note. If you’re just getting started with implementing an identity management strategy, consider watching the webinar above on how to setup and secure a modern office in thirty minutes. More interested in finding out if JumpCloud Directory-as-a-Service actually works? Sign up for a free account. You’ll be able to test every aspect of the platform, and your first ten users are free forever.