The “What is…?” Video Series

Written by Natalie Bluhm on April 23, 2019

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The identity and access management (IAM) industry has a rich vernacular, one that is full of long words and acronyms. Being a cloud-based identity provider, here at JumpCloud, we also use many of these terms to talk about our product and the market we’re a part of. So, to help you navigate it all, we’ve been creating a “What is…” video series that breaks down what many of the terms and concepts mean. Jump right in by viewing the playlist below, or read the rest of this post for an overview of the topics covered in this video series.

Identity Management Space Explained

In completing any research on the identity management market, you’ll likely come across terms like single sign-on (SSO), identity-as-a-service (IDaaS), two-factor authentication, and many others. View these specific videos to gain a handle on what the different terms mean and how they fit in to the bigger identity management picture:   

Interpreting Identity Provider Options

The IAM competitor landscape is teeming with options. Since each of them has their own naming scheme, it can be challenging to truly discern the functionality of each solution. Watch the videos below for a quick summary on the capabilities of IAM solutions from Microsoft, Google, and Amazon.  

Microsoft Identity Management Services



Identity Provider Basic Concepts

At the foundation of any identity management strategy, lies an identity provider (IdP). If you’ve been wondering what an identity provider is and would like to gain a better understanding of its basic functions, start with the videos in this section. You’ll walk away with a better understanding of the core concepts associated with directory services, like what it means to manage users, systems and other IT resources:

User Management

System Management

LDAP and RADIUS Access Control

Insight into IT Authentication Protocols

A core differentiator for using a modern IdP like JumpCloud is its ability to integrate with a variety of protocols like LDAP, Samba, SAML, SSH, and many more. If you need to brush up on what some of these IT authentication protocols do, watch these videos for a quick refresh:

Going Beyond the “What is…” Video Series

Ready to go beyond the “What is…” video series from JumpCloud? Consider watching the whiteboard video playlist below. In each video, our Chief Strategy Officer delves into the details on how various JumpCloud features work. On the other hand, if you’re ready to learn more about how JumpCloud can solve your identity management needs, sign up for a free demo. You’ll get to see the product in action and have the opportunity to ask all of your questions. Have questions that can’t wait? Drop us a note, and we’ll promptly get back to you.

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