User Management for Cloud Servers

Written by Greg Keller on March 14, 2017

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AWS counts over one million businesses as customers. Azure, Google Cloud, IBM Softlayer, and other major providers have millions more. The challenge for many organizations is how to securely manage user access to those cloud servers. With more infrastructure being placed in the cloud, user management for cloud servers is a critical problem to solve from an efficiency and security perspective.

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Connecting cloud servers to an on-prem directory requires some networking and security gymnastics that seems, well, antiquated. Microsoft Active Directory and OpenLDAP have historically been the solutions that IT organizations have turned to for on-prem support. Another alternative is to set up a directory at your provider. However, that locks you in and gives you yet another directory to manage. Often, the cloud directory service doesn’t easily tie into your on-prem identity provider. Configuration management tools like Chef and Puppet are a wonderful alternative, but now you are in the business of coding user access. That seems like a waste of time when your goal is to focus on your own product or service that you are selling rather than the mechanics of your infrastructure.

JumpCloud® and User Management for Cloud Servers

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There is a better approach that IT and DevOps organizations are implementing. The path is to leverage a cloud identity management platform that functions as your core directory service for all of your IT resources whether they are on-prem or in the cloud. The solution is called JumpCloud Directory-as-a-Service®.

A primary use case for JumpCloud’s IDaaS solution is to tightly control user access to AWS and other cloud servers. There’s no hassle with networking or security. You can leverage SSH keys for increased security and even add multi-factor authentication to your Linux servers. You won’t need to set up anything on-prem and there are no servers to manage. It’s one directory service across all of your IT resources, including systems, applications, and WiFi networks.

Getting Started with Managing Users in the Cloud

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Visit our Knowledge Base for in-depth instructions on how to get started with a free JumpCloud cloud directory service account, or drop our success team a note to help you set up your account to manage your users in the cloud.

JumpCloud can handle it for you without any heavy lifting. So there’s no reason to jump through hoops and hurdles to manage users on your cloud servers. Since your first 10 users are free forever, try it today. Finally, let us know what you think about our cloud identity management platform.

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