Identity-as-a-Service Function Linux Device Management

By Rajat Bhargava Posted May 25, 2017

IDaaS linux device management

Linux devices are more popular than ever. With Linux now becoming the operating system of choice for the data center many developers are running Linux systems on their desktops and laptops. This is because it is far easier for developers to create their software on the same platform that will deploy it on. The challenge for IT has been figuring out how to integrate these Linux devices into the IT infrastructure, especially from a user management perspective.

With Microsoft Active Directory®, full Linux integration isn’t possible. However, a new generation of technology is making it possible. In fact, one of the most critical functions of Identity-as-a-Service is crossplatform device management, including Linux device management.

Active Directory Manages Windows Devices

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When we think of IT management tools, we focus on two major areas: user management and device management. In the Microsoft Windows PC era, these two management areas were combined into one solution called Active Directory. Unfortunately, AD was not as Linux friendly (or MacOS friendly) as IT admins would have hoped.

Now, the IT world has shifted to Linux systems in many use cases. The Linux operating system is especially prevalently used with cloud servers such as AWS. But AD has refused to shift with the changes in the IT environment. This leaves admins looking for solutions to integrate Linux machines into their IT infrastructure.

Identity-as-a-Service is Vendor Neutral and Device Agnostic

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Fortunately, there is a solution to this problem. Not surprisingly, it comes from the cloud and the world of Identity-as-a-Service.

Directory-as-a-Service®, a new innovative replacement to Active Directory, that takes the Identity-as-a-Service solution to the directory level. Essentially, this gives IDaaS the ability to be the next generation of Active Directory and OpenLDAP.

Directory-as-a-Service is a cloud identity management platform designed to be platform independent, multi-protocol, and location agnostic. Think of it as a fully-fledged iteration of Identity-as-a-Service that gives IT admins the opportunity to manage everything that they have from one central user management platform. This is possible because the platform is able to provision, deprovision, and modify users on Linux, Windows, and MacOS systems.

Since many Linux machines leverage SSH keys for access, the DaaS virtual identity provider is also an SSH key management platform. This is critical for situations where AWS is a part of the IT infrastructure.

Core IDaaS Function: Linux Device Management

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In addition to the user access control functions, the unified cloud directory enables IT to manage the Linux device as well. A script or command can be executed on the device at any time, or it can be scheduled to be executed at a later date. IT can also use any scripting or programming language that the machine supports. Lastly, the Identity-as-a-Service platform gives feedback on the success or failure of the command being executed.

All of these functions offered by Identity-as-a-Service ensure that an entire fleet of Linux machines can be easily managed through a central web interface.

Complete Linux Management with Identity-as-a-Service

The video above gives a quick overview of this new branch of IDaaS, called Directory-as-a-Service, and how it gives IT admins the ability to manage all of their devices, apps, and networks through one simple web UI.

If you would like to learn about the Identity-as-a-Service function for Linux device management, drop us a note. Also, please sign up for a free account to give the cloud directory service a try yourself. Your first 10 users are free forever.

Rajat Bhargava

Rajat Bhargava is co-founder and CEO of JumpCloud, the first Directory-as-a-Service (DaaS). JumpCloud securely connects and manages employees, their devices and IT applications. An MIT graduate with two decades of experience in industries including cloud, security, networking and IT, Rajat is an eight-time entrepreneur with five exits including two IPOs, three trade sales and three companies still private.

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