Whiteboard Video: The Evolution of IAM

Written by Jon Griffin on March 6, 2020

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Identity management is foundational to the JumpCloud platform. Our entire product revolves around the user and their secure access to critical resources. We have developed a in-depth understanding of what the identity management / directory services space looks like and how it has evolved. It is not unusual for people to ask us about our vision for Directory-as-a-Service®, and why we think it’s time for a modern replacement to Active Directory®.

To help answer that question, JumpCloud’s CSO Greg Keller put together a video that explains how we got to where we are today. From the old IT environments that Microsoft owned, to the elements that pushed and shaped IT into the form it takes today, this video will give you an in-depth understanding of the directory services space, the origins of JumpCloud, and our vision for the future of the directory itself. You can find the Whiteboard Video: The JumpCloud Story embedded below.

What Does JumpCloud Offer?

If you haven’t heard of JumpCloud before, you might be interested in hearing about all it has to offer. JumpCloud Directory-as-a-Service is Active Directory and LDAP reimagined for the modern IT world. The cloud-based directory is able to securely manage and connect all of your users to their systems, applications, files, and networks, regardless of their platform, protocol, provider, or location.

This type of setup creates a true single sign-on experience. Whether an end user is on Mac®, Linux®, or Windows®, or if they want to connect to cloud or on-prem resources like O365, G Suite, AWS®, Salesforce®, or Jira®, the same login will connect them to it all.

But that’s not all. Users get easy access to their tools, but IT admins get easy control of it all as well. With one centralized console that allows admins to manage the access to all of their resources, it has never been easier to ensure the right people have access to the right tools all from the cloud. Plus, with cross-platform Commands and Policies, admins can even control a end users local system from the cloud. This means users get easy access, admins get easy control, and the organization can choose the solutions that are best for them. Leveraging cloud-based directory services, organizations truly put the control back in the hands of IT.

Learn More About the Evolution of Identity Management and the JumpCloud Story

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To find out more about JumpCloud Directory-as-a-Service, make sure you sign up for a free account or check out a live demo. They are great opportunities to see the cloud-based directory first hand. The JumpCloud story isn’t over yet either. We are constantly working to build the directory that IT admins want to use. Contact the JumpCloud team if you ever have any questions or thoughts regarding that process.

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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