Future of Managing Google Cloud Servers

Written by Natalie Bluhm on May 4, 2018

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Google Cloud Platform (GCP) is coming on strong, and they need to because they are sitting in the number three spot with AWS® and Azure® competing for first and second place. As IT admins think about GCP, a common question we hear is, “What is the future of managing Google cloud servers?”

After all, managing user access to cloud servers has proven to be quite the challenge, and managing the systems themselves is no walk in the park either. Let’s take a closer look at these two major components in server management and why IT admins are wondering about their future.

Cloud Server User Management Challenges

Future of Managing Google Cloud servers needs to address some challenges

Cloud server user management is critical in today’s environment, especially considering all of the highly sensitive data and applications that are typically on a company’s servers. However, managing user access to cloud servers has been challenging because the most widely used identity provider, Microsoft® Active Directory®, wasn’t built to integrate with cloud-based IT resources.

As a result, IT organizations have been using a couple of different methods to manage user access to cloud servers. Some IT admins have put OpenLDAP in the cloud with their Google cloud servers, but if you thought leveraging OpenLDAP on-prem was difficult, it’s even more so running it in the cloud. Other IT environments utilize configuration automation solutions such as Chef or Puppet.  But, once a team exceeds 30 people, this method’s inefficiencies and complexities start to become too apparent. So, for a long time, there hasn’t really been a clean and elegant way to manage users on Google cloud servers. This is just one side of the problem, though.

Cloud Server System Management Challenges

Difficulties in manage google cloud servers

The other side of the equation is managing the server itself, including updating the system, configurations, and settings. Many organizations have tried leveraging those same configuration automation solutions, like Chef and Puppet for these tasks. These can work with static configurations and settings, but for ad hoc tasks and management, configuration automation solutions can be painful.

To solve these user and system management challenges, a number of IT admins and DevOps engineers are turning to a cloud identity management platform that manages users and systems. Think of this IAM solution as the reimagination of Active Directory for the cloud era. It’s called JumpCloud® Directory-as-a-Service®, and this cloud-based directory service is centralizing management for virtually all IT resources. It’s the future of managing Google cloud servers and more. 

Future of Managing Google Cloud Servers is with JumpCloud

Future of managing google cloud servers is with jumpcloud

JumpCloud takes an independent approach that makes it possible for our cloud directory service to adapt to your environment regardless of where your resources are located and what platforms, providers, and protocols you’re utilizing. In other words, this cloud IAM solution integrates with local and cloud servers, systems (Mac®, Linux®, and Windows®), on-prem and web-based applications, physical and virtual file storage, and wired and wireless networks. From one pane of glass, IT admins can provision a DevOps user to all of their IT resources.

Furthermore, JumpCloud allows one or more public SSH keys to be stored with the user in the JumpCloud directory. Once a public SSH key is in the directory, it’s distributed to any system that the user is bound to. Then, the public SSH key will be needed to authenticate to any system that has public key authentication enabled. When an engineer leaves the company, IT admins can instantly revoke the engineer’s privileges to all company IT resources, including their SSH key access because it’s all tied to a single identity.

You no longer have to choose between efficiency and security. Instead, you obtain them both when you leverage JumpCloud Directory-as-a-Service.

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To learn more about the future of managing Google Cloud Servers, drop us a note. We’d be happy to talk to you about why JumpCloud’s cloud server management capabilities can help you centralize your IT environment. If you’re ready to do more than just talk about it, sign up for a free account. You’ll be able to test for yourself how our identity management solution can work for your setup. In fact, all of JumpCloud’s features are available with the free account, and your first ten users are free forever.

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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