Serverless FreeRADIUS

By Zach DeMeyer Posted October 20, 2018

Serverless FreeRADIUS

Most people today rely on WiFi to securely connect to the internet wherever they may be with any device. What many probably don’t realize is that they have the RADIUS (Remote Authentication Dial-in User Service) protocol to thank for the innovation of secure, wireless internet access. In the IT space, the RADIUS protocol is often implemented through FreeRADIUS, an on-prem, open source RADIUS implementation. Due to the overall shift of IT resources to the cloud, IT admins are wondering if there’s a serverless FreeRADIUS alternative on the market today.

The Usefulness of RADIUS

RADIUS-as-a-Service

As security breaches are increasingly more common, the RADIUS protocol is becoming more widely used. This adoption is mostly due to the fact that RADIUS greatly improves network security by requiring a user’s identity credentials for access, not just an SSID and WEP/WPA key or other passcode. For many organizations, this is accomplished via FreeRADIUS.

While it is an open source RADIUS instance, FreeRADIUS comes with its drawbacks, namely the fact that it is challenging to implement and on-prem. FreeRADIUS requires a number of integrations in order to provide unique access to the network, including wireless application protocols (WAPs), endpoints, directory services, and more. The amount of time required to set up such integrations on top of simply implementing the FreeRADIUS server adds up.

Benefits of Serverless FreeRADIUS

The concept of serverless FreeRADIUS makes a great deal of sense for today’s IT organizations. Many modern workplaces are fast paced, high intensity environments where inefficiencies are met with distaste. The amount of work required on the part of an IT admin to install, implement, and maintain an on-prem FreeRADIUS server is rather costly, considering the amalgam of other tasks on said admin’s daily checklist. And now, given that many IT shops are starting to manage their users remotely, the requirements of an on-prem server are becoming a major hassle. It’s apparent that a serverless FreeRADIUS instance would be a welcome addition to the IT industry.

Thankfully, there is a serverless FreeRADIUS alternative that’s making waves in the IT market: RADIUS-as-a-Service. RADIUS-as-a-Service is a cloud-based instance of RADIUS that authorizes WiFi access with a single set of credentials taken from JumpCloud® Directory-as-a-Service®. Using the cloud directory service as a source of truth, serverless RADIUS-as-a-Service offloads the hassle of implementing an on-prem server with the convenience of centralized user management.

Learn More

To see more of the serverless FreeRADIUS alternative, RADIUS-as-a-Service, as well as Directory-as-a-Service as a whole, contact us or check out our YouTube channel. Explore all the JumpCloud product has to offer by scheduling a demo or signing up for Directory-as-a-Service, which is completely free and includes your first ten users to get you started.

Zach DeMeyer

Zach is a writer and researcher for JumpCloud with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines. He loves being on the cutting edge of new technology, and when he's not working, he enjoys all things outdoors, making music, and soccer.

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