Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) has revolutionized the way IT organizations do business, and just about every traditional IT resource or solution can be delivered as a cloud-based service. Yet, IT admins still face numerous challenges with managing modern networks, especially with respect to their endpoints (i.e., Windows®, Mac®, Linux®). So, given the convenience and efficiency gains of the SaaS model, it’s no surprise that many IT organizations are searching for a SaaS endpoint management solution.
Endpoint Management Defined
The term, endpoint management, has been used to describe a wide array of products and solutions. However, the traditional view of endpoint management refers to the ability to manage macOS®, Linux, and Windows-based systems. This can include a number of tasks such as changing configurations, administering security policies, and managing functions such as connecting to printers or mapping drives. With that in mind, it’s easy to see that endpoint management is a critical task for IT.
Traditional Endpoint Management
Most IT environments historically have been Windows-based and on-prem. As a result, the IT management tools being leveraged were also focused on Windows. In fact, Microsoft® created an entire generation of IT management solutions for Windows-based resources that were quite powerful. With respect to endpoint management, there were two solutions in particular that had a dramatic impact on IT organizations: Active Directory® and SCCM® (formerly SMS).
Active Directory was designed to manage user access for Windows users, as well as the Windows device itself. This was primarily achieved via GPOs (Group Policy Objects) and, through deep integrations and protocols such as Kerberos, Active Directory and the domain controller could authenticate user access to virtually any on-prem system or application that was Windows-based. SCCM (System Center Configuration Manager), on the other hand, was focused on managing systems. It offered support for tasks such as updating the operating system (OS), installing applications, and controlling and securing Windows endpoints.
Add Mac and Linux Endpoints
However, as IT organizations move to a mixed platform environment, and also shift a great deal of their infrastructure to the cloud, IT admins are demanding cloud-based IT management solutions, and in particular, a SaaS endpoint management platform. Ideally, the goal would be to enable full control over users and the systems themselves. Said another way, think of the solution as a next generation approach to Active Directory and SCCM, but cross platform and delivered from the cloud. This next generation SaaS endpoint management approach is encapsulated in JumpCloud® Directory-as-a-Service®.
Learn More About SaaS Endpoint Management with JumpCloud
As a modern cloud directory, JumpCloud Directory-as-a-Service is securely managing and connecting users to the IT resources they need, regardless of platform, protocol, provider, and location. And, perhaps more importantly, JumpCloud is giving IT admins full control over their fleet of Windows, Linux, and Mac solutions. IT admins can execute policies and commands remotely on their cross-platform environment and tightly control who has access to what IT resources. The best part is that SaaS endpoint management is but one aspect of the overall JumpCloud offering.
Sign up today and check out our SaaS endpoint management capabilities for free. We offer 10 free users to help get you started. Contact the JumpCloud team or schedule a demo if you have any questions.