By Natalie Bluhm Posted April 29, 2018
Is there such a thing as simple directory services? If there were, would you even want it? Is a simple identity provider even up to matching the identity and access management (IAM) needs of an organization?
Before we answer any of those questions, we need to clarify what we mean by simple.
It’s too bad that the word simple has come to have such a negative connotation in the world of IT because simple in IT should really be an indicator of a well-executed, elegant concept. Take the iPhone or Dropbox for instance. Both pieces of technology created a simple user experience, and we would all likely agree that in those cases, simple is a strong competitive advantage.
While simplicity has found its way into many avenues of technology, the world of identity and access management hasn’t really been one of them. With over a dozen leading authentication protocols that each have their own complex process to authenticate users and/or IT systems, the IAM world is complex to the say the least. In fact, it continues to get more complex with each new generation of technology that emerges. However, identity management didn’t start out this way.
IAM in the Microsoft Era
Identity management really solidified itself in the IT organization when Microsoft® Active Directory® emerged in 1999. Almost every IT resource used at the time was from Microsoft, so AD was specifically created to manage user access to these on-prem, Windows® based digital assets. For a short time, IT admins could manage their entire environment with one identity management solution.
However, since 1999, the IT landscape has changed dramatically. IT resources have shifted to the cloud and they are no longer just from Microsoft. The net result is that AD is struggling to keep up, so IT organizations are piling on solutions like identity bridges, IDaaS platforms, MFA apps, and much more. Slowly but surely, IT organizations have gone from using one solution to using 5 or more in order to securely manage user authentication. This has increased cost, security risks, and created more friction for IT admins and end users.
The good news is that in a heterogeneous world there is a way to execute on simple directory services without losing the power of Active Directory. Called JumpCloud® Directory-as-a-Service®, this modern cloud-based directory is changing the way that IT organizations manage their networks.
Simple Directory Services with JumpCloud
JumpCloud integrates with virtually every IT resource, regardless of the location, platform, provider, and protocol. This significantly simplifies identity management for IT admins and end users alike. IT admins are able to finally manage all of their IT resources with one solution, while end users gain one single identity that provides them with frictionless access to all of their IT resources. This includes the following:
- Systems (e.g., Mac®, Linux®, and Windows)
- Local and cloud servers (e.g., AWS®, GCP™, IBM)
- Legacy and web-based applications (e.g., Salesforce®, Jira®)
- Physical and virtual file storage (e.g., NAS appliances, Box™ )
- Wired and WiFi networks
Don’t keep identity management complicated. Move to a more simple directory services solution and gain a boost in security and productivity while reducing costs.
More on Simple Directory Services
Discover more about utilizing simple directory services like JumpCloud by signing up for a free account. Our free account gives you ten users free forever and all of our features are available. This way you can truly distinguish whether or not JumpCloud is the identity management solution you’ve been looking for. If you have any questions about our cloud-based directory service, drop us a note. We’re always happy to help.