Reimagining Directory Services

Written by Rajat Bhargava on March 27, 2017

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Directory services is a category that hasn’t been looked at in a number of years. There’s really been no innovation in it. The world settled onto the on-prem stalwarts of Microsoft® Active Directory® and OpenLDAP™. Those two solutions have been around since the 1990s and really made a great deal of headway in the 2000s. Now, Microsoft AD is a monopoly with market share in the high 90s. And, OpenLDAP has become the most popular open source directory service.

What has this resulted in? IT organizations have become very comfortable with Active Directory, so there has been little reason for Microsoft to do anything other than routine updates. After all, their view is that the world runs on Microsoft Windows. And directory services is really about the domain and on-prem for them. For the move to the cloud, Microsoft’s answer is Azure® Active Directory. Unfortunately, we know that Azure Active Directory is no replacement to the on-prem Active Directory. From Microsoft’s perspective, there isn’t a lot of reason to reimagine directory services.

Cloud-Forward Organizations Need Something Better

Of course, IT organizations know better. Today’s modern IT landscape is hardly completely driven by Microsoft. One in five devices is Windows. That means that four out of five are alternate platforms, including Mac® and Linux® devices. The data center has been replaced by AWS®, Google Cloud Platform™, IBM Softlayer, and others. What’s the operating system of choice? That would be Linux. Web applications are replacing on-prem applications. Even the concept of the domain is outmoded for most cloud-forward organizations. Reimagining directory services is exactly what modern organizations are looking for.

The concept of a next-generation directory service is securely managing and connecting users to the IT resources they need, including systems, applications, and networks regardless of platform, protocol, provider, and location. Instead of just focusing on Windows platforms and on-prem resources, Directory-as-a-Service® is connecting users to whatever IT resources they need.

Join JumpCloud® in Reimaging Directory Services

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The way that happens is through JumpCloud’s centralized user management platform, cloud LDAP, RADIUS-as-a-Service, True Single Sign-On, system management, multi-factor authentication, audit logging, and much more. The cloud directory services solution is delivered as a SaaS-based platform, thereby eliminating the heavy lifting that IT organizations need to do for an on-prem directory such as Active Directory.

If you are struggling with Active Directory or LDAP, consider reimagining what directory services could mean to you. Perhaps a cloud identity management provider that is servicing modern organizations is what you need. Drop us a note so that we may discuss our IDaaS solution with you. Also, you can personally give our next-generation directory services a try. Finally, please know that your first 10 users are free forever.

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