You Need a Directory Service Solution? Try Directory-as-a-Service®

Written by Rajat Bhargava on January 27, 2015

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Innovative organizations don’t settle for the drawbacks associated with implementing directory services, but they don’t go without it.

IT admins know a central user directory store is absolutely imperative to good business growth. In fact, it’s arguably the most critical piece of infrastructure within an IT organization. Without a properly functioning identity provider, businesses are at risk for compromised credentials, hacked data, and put millions of dollars at risk in legal fees.

“The challenge for security teams is in balancing the need to share data to achieve corporate goals while maintaining security procedures,” said Mark Morrison, senior vice president and chief information security officer at financial service firm State Street Corporation, as reported by CSO Online.

Manually managing users, trying to script the process, or leveraging Google Apps Directory (now known as Google Cloud Directory) is not good enough. SSO solutions, while valuable, don’t give IT admins the level of control that they desire.

“You’ve got to realize prevention isn’t going to be your sole protection anymore,” Morrison said.

As a result of growing demand and necessity for directory services, many organizations are re-examining their approach. In today’s business culture of diverse devices, multiple operating systems, and an array of web-based applications, traditional directory services such as Microsoft Active Directory® (AD) aren’t cutting it.

Businesses with modern infrastructure need a modern solution to directory services. They need a Directory-as-a-Service®.

DaaS Eliminates Many of the Roadblocks that Organizations Face With a Directory

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As a virtual identity provider, Directory-as-a-Service solutions (DaaS) isn’t an infrastructure for IT admins to implement or manage. That means that things like backups, upgrades, security, networking, and maintenance are all handled for you. As a result, a hosted central user directory takes less time and expertise, making it ideal for cloud-forward organizations.

Perhaps the most critical aspect of DaaS is the ability for it to function as the central directory service for virtually all IT resources, including devices, applications, networks, and cloud/web infrastructure.

Directory-as-a-Service leverages multiple authentication protocols, including a device’s native authentication, LDAP, RADIUS, SSH, SAML, REST, and more. This enables the SaaS-based central directory to control desktops, laptops, and servers whether on-premises or in the cloud. Further, LDAP and SAML authentication enables the unified cloud directory solution to control access over applications both internal and web-based. A Directory-as-a-Service solution supports the modern IT infrastructure that companies are moving to.

DaaS is a Cost-Effective Solution

Because of their SaaS-based approach, organizations leveraging DaaS for their directory solution only pay for what they use, so the solution becomes scalable. There are no separate hardware, software, and implementation costs. A simple, monthly subscription model covers what organizations need for their directory services.

For organizations that don’t have a formal user directory service solution, but still need a directory, DaaS is an ideal approach. For more information on DaaS, contact JumpCloud® or give DaaS a try. 10 users are free forever.

Rajat Bhargava

Rajat Bhargava is co-founder and CEO of JumpCloud, the first Directory-as-a-Service (DaaS). JumpCloud securely connects and manages employees, their devices and IT applications. An MIT graduate with two decades of experience in industries including cloud, security, networking and IT, Rajat is an eight-time entrepreneur with five exits including two IPOs, three trade sales and three companies still private.

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