By Natalie Bluhm Posted June 29, 2017
The cloud directory has changed the game when it comes to managing an IT environment. But don’t take our word for it. Ask Kevin Gunter, the Technology Coordinator for the Morton Public Library District in Morton, Illinois. He was looking for how to best manage the library’s heterogeneous environment, and maintain secure, efficient access to their IT resources, even remotely.
Kevin recently discovered JumpCloud and has been utilizing our cloud directory service for greater control and visibility over Mac and Linux systems and secure access for remote users (without the need for VPNs).
We sat down with Kevin for a quick interview on how JumpCloud has optimized his IT environment.
Customer Story: Morton Public Library
How did you hear about JumpCloud?
Kevin: I had seen JumpCloud advertised on Spiceworks, so I figured I’d give it a try.
Why did you end up making a switch?
Kevin: I switched from Active Directory® (AD) to JumpCloud for a few reasons. The primary one being our environment is starting to diversify. Gone are the days when staff only used Windows computers. Even though they may still be the majority, we started using Mac and Linux laptops, and they needed to be used outside our LAN. While there are ways to do this in AD, it is not the easiest to setup, nor the easiest to manage.
What has been your experience so far, using JumpCloud?
Kevin: I instantly loved it. As a one-man IT shop, JumpCloud has been amazing for a few reasons:
- It is a godsend to be able to access the management console from anywhere with an internet connection and not have to access my network via VPN.
- The management is as simple as it can be. It easily works with Mac, Windows, and Linux, and you can run remote code on your systems using the commands feature.
- For our small environment it is also nice not having to rely on an aging server to authenticate users. Even if the entire network were to go down, users can still log into their computers.
JumpCloud has made my job much easier, and I for one am not looking back to AD any time soon.
More Cloud Directory Case Studies
If you enjoyed reading Kevin’s responses to our quick questions, then you may be interested in reading one of our more in-depth case studies with customers. We invite you to take a look at how our cloud identity and access management solution has helped PIA Agency with scalability and Ace Payroll with unifying their IT operations.
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