What are the Features of Cloud IAM?

Written by Jon Griffin on March 29, 2018

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Identity and access management (IAM) has been a foundational part of IT for nearly two decades now. The world of IT has experienced dramatic changes during that time, yet legacy IAM solutions haven’t changed to match. Conventional IAM has long been dominated by Microsoft’s ® Active Directory ® platform, and due to its near-monopoly in the market, no one challenged it. But the evolution of enterprise IT has pushed the limitations of the on-prem Microsoft-centric directory, and admins are raring for a change. This is where the new Cloud IAM directory comes into play. But what are the features of Cloud IAM? Let’s start by defining Cloud IAM as a whole.

What is a Cloud IAM Directory?

What is a Cloud IAM Directory?

As the world continues to shift away from on-prem and Microsoft-based infrastructure, the only way that IT will be able to keep up with it is if they shift their IAM platform as well. Active Directory is only efficient at managing a percentage of modern IT infrastructure, and it requires multiple third party solutions to fully control the rest. This complexity and expense is the last thing that admins want to deal with, and a modern cloud IAM solution aims to solve just that. In short, a cloud IAM directory can connect users to all of the IT resources that they need, regardless of their platform, protocol, location, or provider. This means whether a user needs access to systems (Mac, Windows, Linux), wired or WiFi networks (via RADIUS), cloud or on-prem storage (Samba, NAS, Dropbox, etc.), web or local applications (SAML, LDAP), or virtual or physical servers, the cloud IAM directory has the admins covered.

With JumpCloud ® Directory-as-a-Service ®, that’s exactly what you get.

Features of Cloud IAM

Features of Cloud IAM

Want to find out more about the capabilities of a cloud IAM directory? We have a plethora of posts on the features of cloud IAM, and what they can do for you. We put together a list of them so that you can find the topics you are interested in, and you can find them below.


features of Cloud IAM RADIUS

RADIUS is an essential part of modern IT security. There is just no reason why an enterprise or any other organization should be going without a properly secured network. With the abundance of WiFi networks in offices today, not having unique access for employees is opening the door for potential attackers. Not to mention the hassles it can add to staff and admins, who would need to continuously rotate the shared password otherwise. With Cloud IAM, RADIUS has never been easier. You can learn more about Cloud RADIUS, otherwise known as Virtual RADIUS, Hosted RADIUS, SaaS RADIUS, or RADIUS-as-a-Service, by checking out the associated blog posts.


For many organizations, LDAP is the bedrock of their applications. It acts as the user store of record and the database for users, applications, and systems to be authenticated. But managing on-prem LDAP servers is tricky, and requires a lot of time and effort. Cloud IAM is changing that, with LDAP-as-a-Service. You can find more info on LDAP-as-a-Service, otherwise known as Virtual LDAP, Cloud LDAP, Hosted LDAP, or SaaS LDAP, by reading the associated blog posts.


Multi-Factor Authentication is a key step that you can take to prevent unauthorized access to accounts. This is because it forces attackers to not only get the username and password, but the physical token as well. A cloud-based directory can establish that in your organization. Learn more about the Cloud IAM feature Multi-factor Authentication here.

Cloud IAM User Management

features of Cloud IAM User Management

User management is at the core of directory services functionality. However, the traditional directories like Microsoft Active Directory have predominantly locked users in to Windows ® platforms and on-prem locations. In the modern office, with remote workers and Mac and Linux machines, that traditional approach no longer works. A cloud IAM approach is what’s needed for these situations. Check out our posts on the Cloud IAM feature Mac User Management and the Cloud IAM feature User Management to learn more.

Cloud IAM Integrations

Cloud-forward organizations have many web applications and tools that they use to help their organization move quicker and more efficient. As a result, it’s important that their directory can make the use of these applications easier, not more difficult. That’s exactly what cloud IAM does. You can learn about key features of cloud IAM integrations here:

Cloud IAM Directory Services

features of Cloud IAM Directory Services

For nearly two decades now, directory services have been on-prem and platform specific. They are not very flexible, and they require workarounds and third-party help to connect to the modern tools used today like web applications, RADIUS servers, Mac and Linux machines, and more. The Cloud IAM feature Directory Services is changing that.

Cloud IAM Single Sign-On

With an abundance of web applications in the user’s toolbelt, it can be easy for passwords to add up. When this happens, users will often reuse passwords or use insecure passwords. The best way to mitigate this risk is to implement single sign-on, which grants users one password that gets them access to all of their resources. Cloud IAM is taking that to the next level. Instead of just connecting users to web apps, the Cloud IAM feature True Single Sign-On is connecting users to everything – systems, applications, network, storage, and more.

Cloud IAM Identity Management

features of Cloud IAM Identity Management

Another major responsibility in the IT world is identity management. Again, this is a task that is commonly performed by the directory, the main challenges with the traditional approach tends to arise when the identities are hosted in the cloud. One example of this is Google’s G Suite. Fortunately, cloud IAM is solving this challenge for admins. Check out the Cloud IAM feature Google Identity Management to learn more.

Try Out The Features of Cloud IAM Today

features of Cloud IAM solution JumpCloud directory as a service

Looking to make the move to the cloud? Before you do, take a look at our Cloud IAM Checklist. The list will provide you with some of the foundational infrastructure requirements you should think about. Then, you will be more prepared to make the decision that is right for your organization.

Want to try out the innovative features of cloud IAM for yourself? It’s easy! Just sign up for a free account of JumpCloud Directory-as-a-Service, and you will get 10 free users that will last you forever. The entirety of our platform is available, providing you an excellent opportunity to test the cloud-based directory and see how it is the best solution for modern IT. If you would rather see a demo, that’s an option as well. Our talented staff give live demos every week where you can see the virtual directory in action and ask questions live. Sign up for a demo here. Finally, if you have any questions, we encourage you to reach out to us. We’d be happy to address any thoughts that you might have

Jon Griffin

Jon Griffin works as a writer for JumpCloud, an organization focused on bringing centralized IT to the modern organization. He graduated with a degree in Professional and Technical Writing from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, and is an avid learner of new technology from cloud-based innovations to VR and more.

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