Free Directory Services

Written by Natalie Bluhm on April 30, 2019

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Is there such a thing as free directory services? After all, many of the go-to options like Active Directory (AD) or LDAP are pricey: they either require a bundle of expensive licenses and high labor costs, or they create user management time-sinks. Well, one modern identity provider on the market is easy to use thanks to its SaaS approach to cloud-based directory services. Additionally, it’s a great solution for those interested in a free directory service because it provides a free tier that comes with ten users. It’s called JumpCloud Directory Platform.

Free Directory Services with JumpCloud

What is JumpCloud?

JumpCloud is a full-fledged cloud directory service empowering IT admins with centralized user and system management. With a single identity provider, you can securely manage user access to Mac®, Linux®, and Windows® systems; LDAP and SAML-based applications; virtual and physical file storage; and wired and WiFi networks.

Additionally, you can manage it all from the cloud. You don’t need anything on-prem in order to use JumpCloud. As a result, you don’t need to factor in the purchase of servers and future upgrades.

You also don’t need to plan for configuring, maintaining, and securing the directory service because JumpCloud takes care of that too. By removing these responsibilities from your workload, you’re left with simply managing users and the connections to their IT resources within the platform—a task that will only take you minutes each week when our cloud identity provider is in place.

So, not only does JumpCloud offer a free account, but you can also expect to spend less time and hassle where your directory service is concerned. Speaking of the free account, let’s briefly unpack what it includes.

What’s Included in a Free Account

When you sign up for a free account, you have access to the entire JumpCloud platform. So, even though you’re not paying a dime, you can securely manage user authentication to your entire IT environment. Here’s a quick breakdown of what you get:

  • Free for up to 10 users and devices
  • Access to JumpCloud’s Support Team and Knowledge Base
  • Mac, Linux, and Windows Device Management
  • Google and Office 365™ Directory Integrations
  • Access to our SAML 2.0 connectors, cloud LDAP, and virtual RADIUS
  • Password and SSH key management
  • Multi-factor Authentication

Regardless of your use case for needing free directory services, our free account makes it affordable for you to have a solid identity management foundation. When you outgrow your first ten users, you start paying on either a monthly or annual basis. View our pricing page and our FAQ page for more detailed information.

If you’re a Managed Service Provider (MSP) looking for an affordable, cloud-based directory service to include in your offering, the good news is the JumpCloud Free Account can benefit you too. Not only can MSPs provide each of their clients with 10 free users and devices, but they also gain access to the JumpCloud Multi-Tenant Portal, plus all of the functionality listed above. Learn more by visiting the Partners Page.

Next Steps

If you’re curious what the customer experience has been like in using the JumpCloud platform, consider reading this quick customer story with Eusoh or this more in depth case study with Cabify. Of course, if you have more questions related to what’s included with free directory services with JumpCloud, drop us a note. We’d be happy to help you determine if a free account with JumpCloud is the best option for you. Ready to get going with a free account? You can sign up in minutes, no credit card required, and get a feel for the platform.  

Natalie Bluhm

Natalie is a writer for JumpCloud, an Identity and Access Management solution designed for the cloud era. Natalie graduated with a degree in professional and technical writing, and she loves learning about cloud infrastructure, identity security, and IT protocols.

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