By Rajat Bhargava Posted January 7, 2015
The most innovative organizations on the planet are aggressively leveraging cloud-based services for everything. They can do this because Software-as-a-Service solutions provide tremendous benefits and enable businesses to refocus their energy toward business goals, not managing and bearing the expense of infrastructure.
Hosted user management solutions such as hosted LDAP are no different.
The Benefits of an LDAP-as-a-Service Implementation Include:
SaaS-based services are available from anywhere at all times and are the underlying core responsibility of the provider. Robust SaaS solutions build in uptime and availability SLAs as a primary part of their business models, mainly so you don’t have to. A critical requirement for your user directory store is 100% availability. Hosted LDAP services give you that at a much lower cost.
You don’t need to invest in the infrastructure, code to make it highly available, or take the time and effort to manage a SaaS solution.
Virtual LDAP services are the central source of truth for user credentials. As a result, there are a variety of ways those user identities can be consumed for internal and external services. The core of a cloud-based LDAP solution is authentication via the LDAP protocol. Hosted LDAP solutions support applications and a variety of devices as well: macOS, Linux, and others. LDAP is a standard protocol that most devices and services will support. Also, the LDAP protocol is widely understood by the IT community.
For cloud servers, a Directory-as-a-Service® solution enables access to Windows and Linux-based servers through native protocols such as Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) or SSH. Additionally, Windows, Mac, and Linux desktops/ laptops are supported.
Perhaps one of the most critical reasons organizations choose to host LDAP solutions is security. How can IT admins easily enforce users to use SSH keys or rotate passwords? How can they easily review who has access to their core systems? A single set of user credentials for access to an organization’s IT resources is common in older-fashioned models. While that is much easier for the employees, it also creates a significant point of risk. Keeping one, central, source of truth and letting that propagate properly is critical to keeping your identities secure.
Cloud-forward organizations are leveraging services that reduce their costs, increase their security, and let their best and brightest work on their core business needs. User management is an extremely critical part of the IT infrastructure but generally not a core activity to a company’s business. Consequently, it’s an excellent candidate to leverage as a service.
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