Hosted Cloud Directory Services

Written by Zach DeMeyer on October 28, 2018

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There’s a new generation of identity management platform emerging to help IT organizations manage their disparate resources across the cloud, on-prem, and remote locations. Called hosted cloud directory services, these new solutions are changing the IT game, shifting how and what admins manage in their IT infrastructure. Like all change, however, the journey of the hosted cloud directory service into IT scene prominence has been one of overcoming the status quo.

The Best Tool for the Job

Traditionally, IT admins have been leveraging the legacy, on-prem directory service, namely Microsoft® Active Directory® (AD or MAD). This traditional platform was designed, optimized, and finely tuned for on-prem Windows® environments. This stance, of course, was just a sign of the times at AD’s onset; Windows dominated the OS market handily, and given the local nature of networks, work was almost strictly done within the MAD domain.

Of course, today we know that the IT landscape has changed significantly from the on-prem, Windows-based networks of old. But, while IT networks have changed in the years since AD’s inception, the traditional directory service hasn’t. IT admins have been stuck building on top of their AD instance with a wide range of identity management add-ons. These solutions, such as web application SSO, identity bridges, privileged identity management, MFA, governance solutions, etc., attempt to bridge the gap between AD and the multitude of IT resources sourced in the cloud. Yet, while effective, most of these solutions further reinforce the on-prem posture and environment of IT organizations leveraging AD, rather than shifting them to the cloud like the rest of the industry.

Enter Hosted Cloud Directory Services

The 20+ year arrested development of the directory service created a sense of stagnation in the IT space. Despite the fact that seemingly everything from software to support had made a leap up to the cloud, AD shops remained locked on-prem. Clearly, a next generation solution could provide the innovation the market needed to progress. Enter, the hosted cloud directory service.

Hosted cloud directory services are revolutionary for IT organizations. Among them comes a next generation IDaaS platform that is enabling IT organizations to choose the best IT resources for their users. Now, choices such as G Suite™ or O365™; AWS® or GCP™; Mac®, Linux®, or Windows; and cloud files servers or NAS appliances/Samba file servers, can be made without concern of if the directory can manage them. IT admins have full control over their resources through the use of key authentication protocols such as LDAP, Samba, RADIUS, SAML, SSH, TOTP, REST and much more. All of this and more are available through JumpCloud® Directory-as-a-Service®.

Change the Game with JumpCloud

Hosted Cloud Endpoint Management

Designed for the modern organization, JumpCloud takes the usefulness of a directory service platform like AD and combines it with the practicality and scalability required in the cloud era. As a cloud-based third party option, practically any resource can be authenticated through Directory-as-a-Service (DaaS), regardless of location, platform, protocol, or provider. In a day and age when growing companies strive to provide the best work experience for their expanding workforce, JumpCloud partners with IT admins to Make Work Happen™.

See the hosted cloud directory service in action by scheduling a demo of Directory-as-a-Service. You can also sign up for JumpCloud free of charge, which includes ten users to get your feet wet in the DaaS platform. Questions or comments? Contact us to learn more.

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