Unified Access Management for Legacy Applications

Written by Zach DeMeyer on August 2, 2018

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In this modern era of IT technology, cloud-based solutions are considered king among most enterprises. Due to this, it seems like everybody has forgotten about on-prem, legacy applications. With all of the interest going towards modern web applications and how to connect users to them, on-prem solutions are often an afterthought. Of course, IT admins know that they represent critical systems within the organization, but they are also generally bulkier than their cloud counterparts. On top of that, they have a harder time integrating with other systems, be them on-prem or in the cloud. So, unified access management for legacy applications is definitely a requirement for modern identity management solutions.

The Modern IT Scene

Modern IT Scene

Recently, the concept of unified access management has been making its rounds with analysts and vendors. The idea, as represented by these players, is that a single identity should be able to connect users to both web and legacy applications. The challenge with this definition is that it is often too narrow for modern organizations.

Today’s end users are leveraging a wide range of IT resources including systems (Windows®, Mac®, Linux®), cloud and on-prem servers (e.g. AWS®, GCP™, Azure®), productivity platforms such as G Suite and Office 365, web and on-prem applications, physical and virtual file servers (NAS appliances, Samba file servers, G Drive), and wired and WiFi networks. All of these resources are a critical part of how work gets done.

Why Does IT Need Unified Access Management for Legacy Applications?

Unified Access Management Saves IT admins time

The challenge is that legacy identity management solutions such as Microsoft® Active Directory® (MAD or AD), and web application SSO platforms aren’t enough. Legacy applications require LDAP and sometimes RADIUS for authentication and control. For so many organizations, however, MAD is the go-to identity management solution. So, how can these IT admins obtain unified access management for legacy applications?

The good news is that there is a next generation cloud directory service that securely connects users to the IT resources they need, including systems, applications, files, and networks. In a sense, it is not only unified access management for legacy applications, but for virtually all IT resources. It is a reimagination of the legacy of Active Directory, but for a cloud-based modern era of IT.

Reimagining Unified Access Management

Reimagining Unified Access Management

This next generation cloud solution is called JumpCloud® Directory-as-a-Service®. With JumpCloud Directory-as-a-Service, IT admins can not only provide unified access management for legacy applications, but cloud-based ones as well. Thanks to it’s True Single Sign-On functionality, JumpCloud connects users to all of their resources, no matter their platform or location.

To learn more about leveraging JumpCloud Directory-as-a-Service for unified access management for legacy applications and more, be sure to visit our knowledge base or contact our savvy support team. Want to see JumpCloud in the hands of an expert? Schedule a demo and see its functionality firsthand. Of course, you can also sign up for JumpCloud Directory-as-a-Service absolutely free of charge. If you sign up, you’ll get your first ten users on the house, too.

Zach DeMeyer

Zach is a Product Marketing Specialist at 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, music, and soccer.

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