Part of the JumpCloud® team was at Velocity 2014 this past week in Santa Clara, CA. As usual, the O’Reilly folks put on a strong conference. Some of the great talks included our friends Gene Kim, Jez Humble, Nicole Forsgren Velasquez, and J. Paul Reed. There were also some serious conversations about our Directory-as-a-Service® platform going on at the JumpCloud booth and on the expo floor. I really enjoyed meeting and chatting with a number of great folks. I was pleasantly surprised with how many larger organizations were at the conference. You could tell that they were looking to solve some unique challenges.
Cutting-Edge IT Directory Services Management
It’s a lot easier building the new wave of infrastructures from the ground up rather than taking an existing infrastructure and trying to innovate with it. We all agreed on that. Attendees asked questions that revolved around “re-building the car while we are driving 60 MPH.” It’s not easy trying to deal with problems like:
- Moving to cloud infrastructure when you have an existing on-prem infrastructure – how do you manage users, how do you control security, how do you get visibility into those systems?
- How do I leverage modern Identity-as-a-Service (IDaaS) platforms to centralize user management?
- How can I automate tasks across my infrastructure when I’m the only one on the team that has the skills/depth with the tools to understand the environment?
- How do I audit my infrastructure when I don’t “control” it? Separate divisions have control and they don’t have the data that I’m looking for.
- How do I integrate with LDAP and AD while I build my cloud infrastructure? Would a cloud-based directory service be more useful?
Modern Server Management Solutions
Organizations moving to the cloud, adopting DevOps, and trying to operate faster in an enterprise face many challenges. There are no easy answers, but we are excited that JumpCloud’s virtual identity provider capabilities is part of that conversation. We have much to offer for an enterprise moving to the cloud and adopting DevOps. Our cloud server management platform can be an asset and a bridge between on-prem infrastructure and the cloud. Our centralized user management functionality lets you extend user control to all of your IT resources such as systems, applications, WiFi networks, and cloud infrastructure. Our device management capabilities give you the ability to automate tasks and put those capabilities into the hands of your non-technical colleagues. Today, ops folks are struggling with an enormous set of problems. We are thrilled to be helping them through automation and best-in-class capabilities.