By Vince Lujan Posted May 15, 2018
Is there a simplified Mac® management solution available in the cloud? Due to the proliferation of Mac systems in the changing IT landscape, this question has been consuming a lot of time and energy for IT admins. As more Macs enter networks, the ability to manage them has become a priority.
The good news is that there is a simplified Mac management solution in the cloud that can securely manage Mac users and the systems themselves. We’ll dive into the advantages of this cloud-based solution for managing Macs in this blog post, but let’s discuss a few of the reasons why IT admins want a simplified Mac management solution in the first place.
Why Simplified Mac Management?
The evolution of the IT market has changed how admins manage their infrastructure. Historically, IT networks used to be based on Microsoft® Windows® and hosted on-prem. This meant that IT admins could use solutions such as Microsoft Active Directory® (AD) for user management and SCCM® (formerly known as SMS) for device management. As a result, solutions such as these were effectively the only management tools IT organizations required, given the dominance of Windows in the workplace. However, as the IT network has expanded to include Windows, Mac®, and Linux®, those same Microsoft IT management tools have struggled. In short, that’s why IT admins are in search of a simplified Mac management solution.
Mac Management Challenges
The interesting part of the Mac management problem is that it isn’t just about managing the Mac systems themselves, but rather, integrating Macs completely into the IT environment. By comparison, IT admins have been able to tightly control user access to Windows systems with AD. They have also been able to set policies across those systems with AD features like GPOs (Group Policy Objects). Unfortunately, AD makes it difficult to apply the same concepts to non-Windows platforms. Consequently, for organizations leveraging AD, a large population of enterprise systems are generally left unmanaged, unless a complementary or alternative solution can be found.
Mitigating Mac Management Challenges
In order to mitigate Mac management challenges, IT admins will often search for a Mac only solution to complement their existing, Windows-focused solutions. However, IT organizations have come to realize that the complexity of running multiple solutions is having a negative impact on security, control, efficiency, and agility. A single, integrated IT user and system management tool would be preferred. Further, if the solution was delivered as a cloud service, that would be ideal so that no additional on-prem resources would be necessary.
Simplified Mac Management with a Cloud Directory
Fortunately, as previously noted, a simplified Mac management solution does exist that can securely manage Mac users and the systems themselves from the cloud. This solution can not only help integrate Macs into the overall IT infrastructure, but Windows and Linux endpoints too. The same solution also offers cross-platform GPO-like capabilities to help manage and secure groups of disparate systems remotely all at once. Yet, perhaps the greatest advantage with this comprehensive cloud directory is that it can securely manage and connect users to systems, applications, files, and networks – all without anything on-prem and regardless of the platform, provider, protocol, or location of IT resources. This next generation identity management solution is called JumpCloud® Directory-as-a-Service®.
Learn More About Managing Macs
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