By Greg Keller Posted August 18, 2016
JumpCloud’s Directory-as-a-Service® platform secures and connects user identities to the appropriate IT resources. Those resources can include systems, applications, and networks.
The integration with Microsoft Office 365, which has become known as O365, is of particular interest to our clients. O365 is one of the fastest growing cloud platforms today – and Microsoft’s fastest growing commercial product ever.
Organizations are shifting their on-prem Microsoft Exchange servers to the cloud-hosted O365 platform. Further, they are leveraging Microsoft’s Office capabilities in the cloud. It’s working well, but now IT admins are wishing they could do more with O365 identities.
Now they can. JumpCloud’s cloud directory service tightly integrates with O365, offering the ability to provision, deprovision, and modify users. For end users, JumpCloud’s single sign-on capabilities paired with Office 365 reduce friction and frustration.
Microsoft Office 365 Creates Window of Opportunity
Office 365 has become a core platform of choice – and a motivating factor for organizations looking to migrate to the cloud. Google Apps had dominated the cloud email and productivity space for a number of years. But O365 offers more robust and well-established tools. Microsoft’s O365 is a welcome answer to Google Apps for companies that have long used Microsoft Office but still want to take advantage of the benefits of the cloud.
For the organizations that have taken up O365, Microsoft’s answer is spurring substantial change for IT. With so much taking place on the cloud, O365 reduces the need for on-prem equipment and services that organizations would otherwise have to purchase and manage. Since Office 365 launched in 2013, it has become clear that much of an organization’s infrastructure will be delivered on the cloud. This paradigm shift to the cloud presents an interesting opportunity for IT admins to change their operating model.
Elevate Directory Services with O365 Provisioning & Sync Feature
A core part of that IT infrastructure is the directory service. Historically placed on-premises with either Microsoft Active Directory or OpenLDAP, the shift to O365 in the cloud is changing the way that IT thinks about the directory. In fact, the shift to O365 causes IT to question why an on-prem AD server needs to exist. The truth is, it doesn’t. IT can completely shift to the cloud and replace Active Directory with JumpCloud’s Directory-as-a-Service platform.
Tightly integrated together, IT can provision new users to O365 via JumpCloud’s virtual identity provider. Deprovisioning and modifications are simple changes on the JumpCloud web console.
What if O365 is already in existence before JumpCloud’s SaaS directory service? An easy import and sync populates all of the O365 users into JumpCloud from wherever they are managed from there on out. IT admins can also enable JumpCloud’s O365 single sign-on capabilities for users so they can automatically log in without having to enter an additional password.
Rise to the Cloud with Directory-as-a-Service and O365 Integration
The benefit to IT of integrating Directory-as-a-Service and O365 is that organizations can completely shift to the cloud. AD or LDAP servers no longer need to exist on-prem, and as important, IT can choose non-Windows platforms with ease. Macs, Linux, AWS, and Google Apps are all part of the picture with JumpCloud’s identity provider.
By shifting to O365, IT organizations don’t need to be locked into Microsoft for the next technology cycle. If you would like to learn more about JumpCloud’s Directory-as-a-Service feature Microsoft Office 365 provisioning and sync, drop us a note. We’d be happy to walk you through the solution, or feel free to sign up for a free account and try it for yourself. Your first 10 users are free forever.