Directory-as-a-Service™ (DaaS) Vision

Written by Greg Keller on November 7, 2014

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JumpCloud’s directory-as-a-service vision is to reimagine directory services. Directories have been a staple inside of organizations for decades, but they haven’t kept pace with the identity and access control market. On-premise directory services are largely vestiges of the past. They are difficult and challenging for IT admins to implement and manage compared to more modern identity management technologies and solutions.

modern directory service needs to securely connect and manage an organization’s employees, their devices, and IT applications in an easy, quick manner. A modern Identity-as-a-Service platform needs to enable an organization to be more productive, leverage the most appropriate IT innovations, and protect the organization from a variety of Internet threats—all at once.

JumpCloud’s cloud-based directory is Microsoft’s Active Directory and LDAP, reimagined. It takes the best of both of these tools and builds on them. JumpCloud’s Directory-as-a-Service® authenticates, authorizes, and manages users, their devices and IT applications bringing users a more comprehensive, and easily managed directory. While AD and LDAP both authenticate and authorize well, Microsoft functions best for Windows devices, only, and LDAP is better with *NIX devices. Mac OSX often requires additional software to work properly with traditional AD solutions.

JumpCloud’s brings the capability to connect and manage across device / OS platforms in the cloud and on-premise. JumpCloud also serves as a hosted LDAP platform, True Single Sign-On™ infrastructure, WiFi authentication resource via RADIUS-as-a-Service, device management capability, and multi-factor authentication point among other features. By focusing on simplicity and ubiquity (the ability to handle all types of users, devices/OSs, and IT applications), JumpCloud changes the dynamic within the directory services space.

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Greg Keller

JumpCloud CTO, Greg Keller is a career product visionary and executive management leader. With over two decades of product management, product marketing, and operations experience ranging from startups to global organizations, Greg excels in successful go-to-market execution.

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