Shared Servers Equals Complicated Access Control

Written by Greg Keller on February 6, 2014

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You may be surprised to learn that there are actually situations where you won’t have just one single organization controlling a server. There could be several organizations. This may sound like an uncommon occurrence, but the reality is that we see it every day. In fact, we’ve actually run across several permutations of it with managed service providers, independent consultants, and joint ventures. It can be tricky to manage a server with a partner, especially if each party’s goals are different.

Managing A Shared Servers Partnership

So, how do you successfully manage the partnership? Like with all relationships, the best chance for success in the shared servers scenario is clear communication and transparency. Each party should talk about their shared (and divergent) goals for the infrastructure and then how it will be managed. Creating “shared” goals will help each organization buy into success and create operating alignment. Each organization will know what they are responsible for while also hopefully creating a mechanism to resolve items that are in the “gray” area.

If you are the lucky DevOps or IT admin who is tasked with helping to manage the joint infrastructure, give us a call or drop us a line. JumpCloud® can help make it much easier to manage a joint infrastructure by providing a clear separation of user accounts and then control over the servers themselves. A Directory-as-a-Service® system can help ensure that there are clear lines of separation around user management and device management. Trust us, it will be quick, painless, and well worth the call! Finally, feel free to give JumpCloud’s Identity-as-a-Service platform a try for yourself. Your first 10 users are free forever.

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