Serverless Directory Services

By Ryan Squires Posted November 1, 2018

Directory Services with No Server

Information technology organizations are searching for IT management tools that are capable of delivery from the cloud as SaaS-based solutions. The benefits of SaaS-based solutions are tremendous in that they free up IT admins from having to babysit on-prem hardware if and when something goes wrong. This means that IT admins can be more efficient, save money, and deliver better capabilities to their end users. In this vein, IT admins have been searching for serverless directory services to help provide these same benefits to their organizations.

Traditional On-prem Directory Services

Aside from the above listed benefits, what are some additional reasons that IT admins are searching out serverless directory services? Well, although a wide-range of IT management tools have made the shift to the cloud, identity management has, by and large, remained on-prem. This is especially true of the core directory service, which connects users to their IT resources. Historically, this space has been dominated by Microsoft® Active Directory®  and for good reason—most IT environments were filled with on-prem implementations and Windows-based tools. The days of Windows-only IT environments have come to pass, though.  

New Additions to the IT Environment

Why are admins still using Windows Server 2003

Since those early Windows-dominated days of the past, the IT market has shifted to include cloud infrastructure (Azure®, AWS®, GCE, Digital Ocean and others), web applications (Slack, G Suite™, and GitHub, etc), as well as non-Windows® file servers (e.g. Samba file servers, NAS appliances, Box™, and more). The legacy Active Directory implementation doesn’t cover nearly as much of the overall IT infrastructure as it used to. Now, IT organizations are forced to patch AD with web application single sign-on (SSO) solutions, identity bridges (to manage Linux® and Mac® endpoints), multi-factor authentication (MFA) tools, privileged identity management platforms, governance/audit software, and more. That means a lot of extra work for IT admins as compared to those early days of all Windows networks. So, many are looking for a add-on free, serverless directory solution to help them free up some valuable time.

A True Serverless Directory Service Emerges

Server in the Cloud

Luckily, a modern approach – serverless directory services – has arrived, replacing this patchwork identity management approach that many IT admins have been scraping by with. Called JumpCloud® Directory-as-a-Service®, this cloud directory is delivering centralized user management, cloud LDAP, RADIUS-as-a-Service, system management through GPO-like Policies, MFA, True Single Sign-On™, and much more. With a centralized approach, IT admins are able to efficiently and securely connect their end users to the resources they need without having to jump through a bunch of hoops to get it done. They just fire up the Admin Console and begin managing users and their systems regardless of platform, protocol, provider, or location.

Learn More About JumpCloud

JumpCloud and AWS Cloud Directory

If a serverless directory services solution sounds like just the tool to help optimize your workflow and Make Work Happen™ for both you and your users, drop us a line. Or, get to work today and sign up for a free account that will enable you manage up to 10 users for absolutely free. You won’t even need to enter a credit card to see all that JumpCloud can do for you. In addition, feel free to check out our YouTube channel or schedule a demo to see the product in action. We look forward to hearing from you.

Ryan Squires

Ryan Squires is a content writer at JumpCloud, a company dedicated to connecting users to the IT resources they need securely and efficiently. He has a degree in Journalism and Media Communication from Colorado State University.

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