Intune vs JumpCloud®

Written by Natalie Bluhm on February 27, 2019

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What does the Intune vs JumpCloud® comparison look like? At first glance, you’re probably wondering why one would even compare an MDM/MAM solution with a cloud directory service since it’s not exactly a fair comparison. Well, there is actually some overlap between Intune and JumpCloud, and that is they both offer system management capabilities. If you’re in the market for greater control over systems in your IT environment, read on to learn which solution might be for you.

Intune vs JumpCloud for System Management

What is Intune?

Intune is Microsoft®’s cloud-based mobile device management (MDM) solution for Windows® 10, iOS®, and Android™ devices as well as a mobile application management (MAM) solution. Lately, they have aggressively bundled it with one of their user management platforms—Azure® Active Directory®. One of the reasons some are considering Intune is that it is able to check devices for compliance prior to them gaining access to Azure related services such as Office 365™. The challenge is that it’s not a complete replacement to the system management capabilities many have to come know and depend on with with Active Directory (more on that below) and/or SCCM (formerly SMS). Additionally, the types of laptop and desktop systems Intune can support is too narrow for the cross-platform IT environments found in most of today’s organizations.

What is JumpCloud?

JumpCloud, on the other hand, is a cloud identity management platform. Think of JumpCloud’s Directory-as-a-Service® platform as a cross-platform, cloud-based alternative to Active Directory. A key component of Active Directory has been a feature known as Group Policy Objects (GPOs). GPO’s allow IT admins to control the behavior of Windows systems in their environment with great precision. The key here is that Microsoft’s GPOs only work for Windows systems, and with the recent rise of Mac® and Linux® systems in the workplace, that’s a problem. The good news is JumpCloud offers GPO-like policies for all three major platforms—Windows, Linux, and macOS®. IT admins are able to remotely disable virtual assistants, enforce full disk encryption (FDE), and configure system updates all with a few clicks. When a prescribed policy isn’t going to get the job done, JumpCloud also enables IT admins to create and execute their own commands and scripts on all three platforms.

How to Determine the Right Solution for You

Comparing JumpCloud with Intune

With an understanding of what each platform does, it is important to think through which solution is best for your organization. Intune is ideal for managing iOS, Android, and Windows 10 devices in environments that are tightly aligned to Azure and the Microsoft ecosystem. For those looking for a next generation user and system management solution for macOS, Windows, and Linux, then JumpCloud’s Directory-as-a-Service platform is the more optimal solution.

For More Information

If you would be interested in having a deeper conversation regarding Intune vs JumpCloud, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Of course, if you’d prefer to do some testing yourself, sign up for a free JumpCloud account. You don’t need a credit card, you’ll have full access to the platform, and your first ten users are free forever. If you need any help along the way, browse our Knowledge Base for helpful documentation or check out our YouTube channel for tutorial videos.

Natalie Bluhm

Natalie is a writer for JumpCloud, an Identity and Access Management solution designed for the cloud era. Natalie graduated with a degree in professional and technical writing, and she loves learning about cloud infrastructure, identity security, and IT protocols.

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