By Rajat Bhargava Posted June 26, 2015
You don’t. At least, that’s what organizations are deciding in droves. With the introduction of Google Apps (now known as G Suite) and a corporate hosted Gmail solution, the concept of Active Directory® is increasingly unappealing.
So how did Active Directory go from the status quo to irrelevancy?
Historically, organizations would purchase Microsoft Exchange and then backend that with Microsoft’s Active Directory. Exchange would be the corporate email solution and AD would function as directory services.
This made a lot of sense when there weren’t any other alternatives to running your own email infrastructure. Since Microsoft Windows was the platform of choice, it made natural sense to leverage Exchange, which required the use of AD.
Today’s IT Landscape
Fast forward to the cloud era and IT looks very different. Today, organizations are anything but exclusively Windows. Even if their compute platforms are largely Windows, their servers, phones, and tablets run the gamut of different operating systems.
More organizations than ever are leveraging cloud infrastructure such as AWS and Google Compute Engine. Web applications are the new norm versus on-premises applications. And, of course, Google Apps is becoming the productivity platform of choice for millions of organizations.
The Directory in Transition
As organizations adjust to the new IT world, the thought of purchasing hardware, software, and services to implement solutions runs counter to the agility and flexibility that the cloud affords. The increased cost, time, and resources required to run on-premises infrastructure isn’t worth it to these millions of organizations. When they start to think about how to manage the connections between their users and the IT resources, requiring those users to use Microsoft’s on-premise Active Directory seems antithetical to their IT strategy and approach.
For organizations leveraging Google Apps, it is particularly problematic to use AD. It forces them into the position of having one foot on-premises and one in the cloud. They can’t take advantage of any one strategy, and instead are forced to straddle both. What they would like to do is to shift completely to the cloud, but until recently their options have been limited.
DaaS is changing the landscape by pairing up with G Suite and effectively eliminating the need for the Exchange/AD duo. Now IT admins can easily connect users to all of the IT resources they need regardless of where the IT resources are located or what platform those resources are on.
That’s a modern approach to the problems IT organizations are facing. IT admins no longer need to worry about learning how to install, manage, and maintain Active Directory because Directory-as-a-Service® is delivered as a service.
If you would like to learn more about how Directory-as-a-Service obviates the need for you to run AD, drop us a note. We’d be happy to chat with you further about Directory-as-a-Service. Start experiencing a Microsoftless environment today by signing up for a free account. Your first ten users are free forever.