By Greg Keller Posted November 7, 2014
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.
A 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.