By Zach DeMeyer Posted November 13, 2018
Microsoft® is making a dramatic push in identity and Windows system management with their new IT tools based in Azure®. Two solutions being considered, especially among MSPs, are Azure Active Directory® and Intune®. Another identity management tool making a stir in the market is JumpCloud® Directory-as-a-Service®. As IT organizations consider cloud-based IT management tools, they are comparing JumpCloud vs Azure AD and Intune as their preferred identity and system management option.
Comparing JumpCloud vs Azure AD and Intune
It’s a sound comparison to make, as it only makes sense for IT organizations to evaluate all of their cloud-based identity management options. Put simply, the comparison between JumpCloud and Azure AD and Intune is really about what platforms your organization leverages. Deciding between the two solution options boils down to your IT shop’s needs.
If you are an all-Windows® network, already leveraging Azure along with Active Directory® on-prem, then Azure AD and Intune could be an excellent addition for your organization. Like using a net or a rod to fish, using identity management tools created by Microsoft in a Windows environment simply makes sense. Mobile heavy organizations may also find benefit in using the mobile-optimized Intune.
However, if your organization has macOS®, Linux®, AWS®, G Suite™, and other non-Windows platforms, then you will likely benefit by leveraging JumpCloud Directory-as-a-Service. In fact, if you aren’t completely centered around Windows 10 with Microsoft’s business focused versions, you’ll likely be met with struggle using Azure AD regardless.
What’s Best for Your Shop?
So, when comparing JumpCloud vs Azure AD and Intune, the first place to start is to evaluate your current platforms, and where you believe you are headed. If you are locked in to Microsoft solutions, or leverage a lot of Windows mobile devices, then by all means, Azure solutions may be the right fit. But, if you are invested in, or, at the very least, interested in non-Windows platforms, then you’ll likely want to consider the alternative cloud directory service, JumpCloud. Unfortunately, the final choice is hardly cut and dry; like snowflakes, every IT shop is different. For your consideration, here are some facts about JumpCloud that may influence your comparison.
As a cloud directory service first and foremost, JumpCloud provides centralized user and system management, regardless of platform (Windows, Mac®, or Linux). This includes the Multi-Tenant Portal, a functionality designed specifically so that MSPs can manage multiple client organizations from one pane of glass. JumpCloud offers cross-platform GPO-like capabilities to manage fleets of systems with Policies, including local admin system controls, full disk encryption with FileVault 2 and Bitlocker, screen lock out regulations and more. With Office 365™/G Suite Sync, organizations can leverage either productivity platform option at will with their JumpCloud credentials.
Also, when evaluating which identity management provider is right for you, you’ll likely want to consider your non-system related needs. For instance, if you are interested in LDAP, RADIUS, Samba, and other protocol support, you will likely consider JumpCloud’s protocol level hosted services. If your organization heavily values cloud computing and AI, then managing those in Azure through Azure AD and Intune seems to be a smart choice.
The Choice is Yours
Regardless of what you choose, either option presents benefits to an organization. What’s more, both solution choices can be used in tandem, for example, using JumpCloud instead of an on-prem Microsoft AD instance as the source of truth for Azure/Intune identities. To learn more about comparing JumpCloud vs Azure AD and Intune, be sure to contact us for information. You can also request a demo of Directory-as-a-Service to see these claims in action. As always, signing up for the JumpCloud platform is completely free, and includes ten users free forever to get you started.