By Zach DeMeyer Posted April 24, 2019
With more Mac® systems making their way into organizations, IT organizations and MSPs are looking for how they can best manage not only their Macs, but their Windows® and Linux® systems. The result is that IT admins are pitting Intune® vs Jamf® in their evaluation. But, for managing systems and their users, are Intune and Jamf the right solutions?
Managing Mac and Windows Devices Together
Interestingly, Intune and Jamf have integrated together and the companies behind each solution are partnered in going to market. This makes a great deal of sense as Intune does not manage Macs well and Jamf does not handle Windows systems. So, instead of it being Intune vs Jamf, it really is more like using Intune and Jamf (and taking on both of their costs) in conjunction for many mixed-platform organizations.
The key is to understand your goals and requirements. Microsoft® Intune is an MDM and MAM (mobile device and application manager) solution that manages Windows systems as well as iOS and Android mobile devices. Tied to the Azure® platform, many IT organizations use Intune to control access to some Azure-based resources, including Office 365™. Jamf, on the other hand, is a third party system management solution created specifically for Apple® devices.
Gaps in Identity Management
So, depending on the nature of your system environment, either Intune or Jamf could be viable choices. Used in tandem, the solutions can help capture the system management needs of more heterogeneous environments. Intune leverages Jamf to check compliance with various policies on macOS systems, as Intune can already manage iOS devices.
Neither solution, however, can provide user management nor access control to an organization’s identity and access management (IAM) approach. IT admins need to leverage additional software to complete their IAM approach, which, on top of Intune and Jamf, can rack up quite the bill.
Centralized, Cross Platform IT Security Management
An ideal solution for IT organizations would be one that combines system and user identity access management into one, cross-platform solution. By doing so, IT admins need to only worry about managing their environments from a single pane of glass, as opposed to several disparate tools. Additionally, organizations can save money and time by distilling their identity management into a single source of truth.
Thankfully, there is a modern, cross-platform approach to identity management that manages all three major platforms from an identity and systems perspective. It is available with a cloud-based directory services solution called Directory-as-a-Service®. Directory-as-a-Service has reimagined the traditional, all-in-one directory service for the modern era.
System and User Identity Management with JumpCloud®
With Directory-as-a-Service from JumpCloud, IT admins can firmly control their entire IT environment, including users and their systems, applications, servers, networks, and more. This control is available regardless of end user choice of platform, protocol, provider, or location. Cloud-based, Directory-as-a-Service allows admins to manage their on- and off-prem resources from a web browser, anywhere.
What’s more, JumpCloud admins who may be arguing Intune vs Jamf find that they can use either solution in tandem with Directory-as-a-Service to manage mobile devices, along with the rest of their IT environment. Admins using Jamf can also explore zero-touch deployment for Mac devices with JumpCloud. All told, Directory-as-a-Service centralizes authentication and access control into one, easy-to-use platform.
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