By Rajat Bhargava Posted April 3, 2017
The world of IT management is changing. The shift to the cloud has made sure of that.
What used to be the traditional approach to IT services and management is now completely different. The shift in management solutions is being driven by a change in the IT landscape itself. Consequently, today’s network is no longer all Microsoft Windows and on-prem – it might even be hard to call the network an actual network.
Take in the View of Your Current IT Landscape
Modern IT environments are a mix of on-prem and cloud resources. On-prem systems that were once strictly Windows based are now largely powered by Mac and Linux. In fact, one in five devices is Windows (Forbes). Wired network infrastructure is being replaced by WiFi and that is driving a new set of security challenges. Data centers and applications are moving to the cloud. Finally, with the advent of AWS, G Suite, and Office 365, IT admins have a completely different set of challenges.
One of the primary challenges IT organizations face is how to securely connect users to those IT resources regardless of location, platform, provider, or protocol. That’s a tall order. As a result, savvy IT admins are turning their attention to cloud identity management. This new generation of technology is aimed at shifting the directory service to the cloud and making it vendor neutral. The IDaaS platform that is changing the game for IT organizations is called Directory-as-a-Service®.
The Beauty of Modern Cloud Identity Management
What does your network look like? You may not currently have a directory, or you may want to extend Active Directory to the cloud. Perhaps you need hosted LDAP, want to manage Mac and Linux devices, and secure WiFi authentication. In addition, if you’d like to create GPO-like policies across all three major platforms, add multi-factor authentication to systems and applications, and more, the JumpCloud® cloud identity management platform has the capabilities to support your needs.
JumpCloud’s Approach to Cloud Identity Management:
- Secure, modern, cloud-based directory services to connect and manage cloud-based, on-premises, or hybrid environments
- Manage Mac, Windows, and Linux systems through a simple to use SaaS interface
- AWS cloud server user management
- Single sign-on to leading SaaS applications, for example, AWS IAM, G Suite, Office 365, and Salesforce
- LDAP-enabled directory for authentication to apps and hosts
- WiFi authentication leveraging unique passwords or those used for G Suite or O365
- Mac and Linux MFA
- GPO-like policies functionality for system management
And that’s just a sample of where JumpCloud’s cloud identity management platform can take you. With the IT landscape shifting at breakneck speed, it is critical to have an IT management solution that can support your efforts to shift to the cloud but still manage your on-prem resources and hybrid cloud needs.
Finally, as you get started, feel free to check out all of our resources to help you set up your cloud directory service.