OpenLDAP™ Competitor

By Natalie Bluhm Posted April 1, 2019

Online LDAP

Is there a worthy OpenLDAP™ competitor that can off-load the heavy lifting of managing and implementing OpenLDAP? With so many new digital tools being delivered “as-a-Service”, is there an LDAP solution that has followed suit? Because after all, it’d be great if all you had to do was simply manage user access to LDAP-based resources and let the provider deal with configuring, maintaining, securing, and managing the LDAP infrastructure.

The good news is something like this does exist. It’s called LDAP-as-a-Service. So why should you give your time to researching and testing this OpenLDAP competitor?  

Benefits of the OpenLDAP Competitor

Eliminates On-prem Hardware

First, LDAP-as-a-Service isn’t dependent on any on-prem hardware or software. It’s delivered completely from the cloud, enabling you to eliminate your on-prem LDAP instance. As a result, you can expect to have more time, money, and sanity on your hands because you no longer have to concern yourself with the following:

  • Configuring, managing, and maintaining hardware
  • Accounting for redundancy, resiliency, and security
  • Planning for the cost of future upgrades

When it’s all said and done, an all-cloud LDAP solution enables you to invest more resources into projects that deliver greater business value.

Supports Much More than LDAP

Another key advantage of using LDAP-as-a-Service is it’s part of JumpCloud®  Directory-as-a-Service®, and JumpCloud doesn’t just support the LDAP protocol. This is important because you are likely using SAML, RADIUS, SSH, Samba, and many other protocols in addition to LDAP. Well, JumpCloud supports virtually all of these and much more, so you can manage systems, LDAP and SAML-based applications, networks, and file storage all from the same solution.

When you can manage all of your IT resources with a single directory service, you’ll achieve a well-controlled, secure, and efficient IT environment. So, you won’t have to spend as much time on aspects related to user management.

At the same time, the life of your end users is simplified with a single username and password that they can use to access all of their IT resources. They’ll have a seamless experience authenticating to their digital tools and be able to get on with their work without friction. Essentially, everyone in your organization gets to do their jobs more efficiently and with greater ease.

Delivers Flexible and Frictionless Administration

Lastly, one of the downsides to OpenLDAP is that it’s fairly difficult to administer. It’s not hard to make a wrong move and inadvertently delete an entire user group. Well, JumpCloud offers an intuitive user interface that makes it easy to avoid accidentally deleting an entire group of users or systems. Additionally, the UI offers many features that simplify provisioning new hires to all of the apps, systems, and networks that they need access to. Hiring at a rapid rate? APIs, the PowerShell Module, and other utility tools can help you automate and scale your entire onboarding process. In any case, you have the freedom to manage your IT environment in a way that works best for you and your team.

These Three Benefits Are Just the Start

Eliminating on-prem infrastructure, supporting virtually all IT resources, and providing flexible administration are just some of the ways over 50,000 customer organizations have benefited from using JumpCloud. Learn more about how you can harness the cloud directory service by reading one of the many case studies listed here. Of course, if you have questions about JumpCloud as an OpenLDAP competitor, let’s chat. We’d be happy to help you figure out what you need in an identity provider. Ready to give a cloud LDAP solution a try? Sign up for a free account. The entire platform is available, and your first ten users are free forever.

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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