By Rajat Bhargava Posted March 23, 2017
A significant issue for modern organizations is the management of internal user identities.
This issue is growing more complex by the day. With the introduction of G Suite™ & Office 365™, SaaS-based applications, AWS® & other cloud-based infrastructure, and mixed-platform environments (Mac®, Linux®, & Windows®), IT administrators have interesting challenges they need to meet regarding how to securely connect their users to the IT resources they need.
That challenge is a lot harder with the proliferation of non-Windows devices, users all over the world, and new authentication methods and protocols. Let’s dive into the reason that IT admins are choosing cloud identity management below.
The Problem with On-Prem Identity Management
Historically, Microsoft®’s Active Directory® platform was used to solve the centralized user management issue. Unfortunately, the Windows-centric AD works best with IT resources on-prem.
However, that’s not what modern IT infrastructures look like:
Therein lies the problem for IT admins. How do they connect their users to whatever IT resources they need?
The answer is a modern approach to directory services: cloud identity management. Unlike a legacy, on-prem identity provider, Directory-as-a-Service® is a vendor-neutral directory services platform that securely connects users to their systems, applications, and networks.
4 Reasons for Cloud Identity Management
As IT organizations think about how to solve the issues of modern IT environment, they will need to address some of the following items:
- Device support – with the move to Mac and Linux devices along with Windows systems, IT admins need to find an identity provider that can manage users on a wide variety of systems.
- Synchronization of user identities across services – whether the IT organization is using G Suite or Office 365, IT admins are looking for one identity to help manage all of their IT resources, including those productivity platforms.
- Security – with more organizations being breached than ever before, identity security is a critical aspect of the modern identity management approach. IT admins are looking for password complexity controls, multi-factor authentication, and audit logging capabilities to help ensure that their organization is secure.
- Management – central management of the entire identity and access management solution is critical. Many organizations have historically had one directory service like Active Directory, a web application SSO solution, a device management solution, multi-factor authentication platform, identity governance solution, and more. With so many solutions to manage, it can result in a significant amount of time, effort, and cost for the IT organization.
Traditional on-premises directories just won’t cut it as organizations learn to leverage cloud-based infrastructure, web-based apps, and heterogeneous environments. As a result, this new category of cloud identity management platform called Directory-as-a-Service must rise to the occasion and become the central user management platform for cloud-forward organizations.
Thinking of Choosing Cloud Identity Management?
If you would like to learn more about why IT admins are choosing cloud identity management, drop us a note. We’d be happy to help you think through the requirements for your IDaaS solution. Also, feel free to try out our Directory-as-a-Service solution. Finally, please be aware that your first 10 users are free forever.