By Zach DeMeyer Posted April 5, 2019
With Microsoft® putting so much emphasis on their IT management tool set based in Azure®, many IT organizations and MSPs are wondering if there is a valid Intune® competitor. Short answer: there are, indeed, a number of MDM and MAM (mobile device/application management) solutions that compete with Intune. Of course, as you dive deeper, you’ll find the choice between them is largely based on your organization’s needs.
The MDM/MAM market is heating up. Obviously, Intune is one of the key contenders of the space, thanks to its focus on Windows® systems and mobile devices. Since Intune integrates well with Azure, it is often the first choice for organizations that focus on Microsoft-delivered solutions.
The challenge with Intune for IT organizations and MSPs has been when the organization is not Windows centric and isn’t heavily based on Azure. Of course, not all organizations are solely Windows shops. In fact, with a rise in Mac® and Linux® adoption among IT organizations, Intune may not be the best option at all.
In those instances, it is important to understand what the needs of the organization are. If it is simply MDM control over iOS and Android systems, then there is a group of solutions available. If your needs are more focused on system management—i.e. control over Mac, Windows, and Linux systems, then there is a separate set of solutions that IT admins will want to consider.
A Choice of Management
The other wild card to consider when thinking of the right Intune competitor is how the IT organization is managing user identities. Microsoft has been pushing hard to combine Azure Active Directory® (Azure AD) with Intune to provide some user management functions. Of course, Azure AD isn’t a replacement to the on-prem Active Directory; nor is Intune a complete replacement for macOS®, Linux, and Windows management tooling.
So, for organizations that aren’t focused solely on Windows system management, once again, Intune/Azure are not ideal choices. This disparity is further exemplified in IT organizations that leverage both Windows and non-Windows solutions, as they would need either a patchwork of system management tools or a third party identity management platform. As employees opt for more non-Windows, off-prem resources, admins are searching for new solutions.
Freedom of Choice from the Cloud
One area of interest could be the cloud identity management platform, JumpCloud® Directory-as-a-Service®. This modern alternative to the traditional Active Directory enables not only cross-platform user management, but group policy object (GPO)-like capabilities across Windows, Mac, and Linux systems as well. While Directory-as-a-Service may not be a direct Intune competitor when it comes to managing mobile devices and apps, it can be used in tandem with an MDM like Intune to provide cohesive, centralized system management.
If you are interested in an all-in-one user and system management from the cloud, consider JumpCloud as your solution of choice. Since no two organization’s identity management needs are the same, we offer ten users in the Directory-as-a-Service platform to anyone who signs up for JumpCloud, absolutely free. That way, you can configure your Directory-as-a-Service instance to best suit your environment. Learn more by contacting us, or by checking out our Resources page.