By Rajat Bhargava Posted May 1, 2014
Servers have for decades been the workhorses of any IT infrastructure. They are executing applications and processing critical data. The server lifecycle of provisioning, configuring, monitoring, and managing has largely stood the test of time, but changes in scale, have changed the approach organizations are taking to the server lifecycle and especially server management. Rather than scaling vertically, integrating heavy duty hardware where each server is critical to the infrastructure, we’re looking at spreading the computing power out horizontally across many servers that aren’t necessarily more powerful.
The cloud and virtualization have turned the historical approach to managing servers upside down. Organizations are now back to manually managing servers through scripts due to servers being located all across the world and lack of server management solutions that match the new cloud scale paradigm.
How JumpCloud Handles Server Management
JumpCloud is tackling this server management challenge through a SaaS-based, easy-to-use and implement service to manage server users and execute tasks. JumpCloud enables DevOps and IT pros to automate a number of server management tasks and workflows including critical ones around server user management. Through an open platform, virtually any set of tasks can be automated through commands and shell scripts in the admin’s language of choice. JumpCloud has built a core Directory-as-a-Service® platform that centrally manages user access to servers. IT admins also have the ability to mange those devices via tasks. All user access can be logged and audited, while the server can also be forced to authenticate users via SSH key or even multi-factor authentication.
We wanted to take some time to give a quick overview of the different server user management components we’re providing solutions for here at JumpCloud. We’ve pioneered the concept of a cloud-based directory service where the core identity provider can authenticate, authorize, and manage users and devices. Our SaaS-based identity management platform also works well for internal devices, applications, and network infrastructure.