A Refresher on DaaS – Directory-as-a-Service®

Written by Rajat Bhargava on July 15, 2016

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DaaS is fairly new terminology, but one that is growing rapidly. At a quick glance, Directory-as-a-Service® is a cloud-based solution to an organization’s user database. Digging deeper, DaaS migrates or replaces LDAP or Microsoft Active Directory to the cloud, managing it as a service.

DaaS does not isolate itself as simply a cloud-based LDAP or AD, rather it separates itself from other offerings in its ability to combine the best characteristics of both. Furthermore, DaaS evolves the directory and connects it with critical IT resources such as cloud services and the breadth of devices.

At its core, DaaS is the secure connection and management of employees to IT resources via a singular, unified cloud directory. Living within the cloud, the user directory is the secure centralized point of access for employees to connect to devices and apps. In addition, DaaS compliments single sign-on as a key connection point for the solution.

When making the move to DaaS, organizations without an existing on-prem directory will have a simple and speedy start. For those with established systems, migration to the cloud can take place by simply extending the existing LDAP or AD directory.

DaaS: How Does it Function?


Authentication, authorizing, and managing users, their devices and apps – this is what Directory-as-a-Service® is all about. As the core IT service for your organization these three functions can help you be more efficient and agile.

Dive into each function in detail below to learn more and watch our quick video to truly learn what DaaS can bring to your organization:



Whether you need your current directory extended to the cloud or you need a directory of record, DaaS is your solution. JumpCloud leverages both the LDAP protocol and REST APIs to authenticate user requests. Other authentication mechanisms such as RADIUS, SAML, SSH, and others are available. With the integration of Google Apps or Office 365, organizations can also leverage OAuth.

Through a deployable JumpCloud agent, all of your Mac, Windows, and Linux devices can be managed for policy and tasks, as well as survivability and security.



If you are looking to secure your IT resources by allowing the proper users the right access, then DaaS is here to help.

Managing group membership and sudo access is simple with JumpCloud. In addition, DaaS can automatically implement commands when you add or remove users.



One of the most useful functions of Directory-as-a-Service® is the capacity to control Mac, Windows, and Linux devices at scale. Task execution on devices such as changing system configs, patching, modifying registry settings, and updating policy settings is made easier by DaaS.

When all of this occurs, consistency across your organization is secured. The grouping of like objects and the application of similar policies and configs across them allows for a more efficient solution.

JumpCloud – Directory-as-a-Service®

The modern directory lives in the cloud, and JumpCloud’s Directory-as-a-Service® is here to prove its worth through simplified and consolidated user management, authorization, and authentication.

By implementing a single identity to provision all of your IT resources and a single identity to disable access to these same resources you can have total control in real-time.

If you would like to learn more about how you can live securely and remotely in the cloud, drop us a note. If you would like to dive right into JumpCloud’s DaaS, launch risk free today – the first ten users are free forever.

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