By Ryan Squires Posted March 5, 2019
With so much infrastructure moving to the cloud it seems to many that systems management solutions aren’t relevant anymore. In fact, pundits and analysts are telling organizations that their laptops and desktops are going to turn into Chromebooks, or work will soon be done on smartphones and tablets. Business owners and executives, on the other hand, know that the way that work really gets done in their organizations is through the PCs and macOS® systems their people use. That’s the answer to why use system management solutions.
The challenge for them, ultimately, is how to secure, control, and operate a fleet of systems efficiently so that their end users are as productive as possible.
The Why of System Management
In short, the why behind the use of system management solutions is quite simple. Organizations want their end users to enjoy frictionless and frustration-free computing to help accomplish their jobs. That means Windows®, Mac®, and Linux® systems that are configured properly for users to do their jobs, performing quickly to now slow them down, and secure to boot. Systems are the gateway to IT resources, so it is imperative that they’re set up properly and securely so your users and data remain safe.
What IT Admins Expect
Ideally, the process of managing systems can be done remotely, efficiently, and cost effectively. And, for one, that used to be the case in most situations. When the majority of networks were simply Windows-based and on-prem, system management was a breeze. The system management solutions that IT organizations and MSPs could leverage enabled them to make sure their fleet of Windows systems were operating properly. Nowadays though, the simplicity of Windows management tools paired to Windows systems has largely evaporated as new tools have entered the IT landscape.
Changes to the IT Environment
If you were to take a look around most offices and enterprises today, you would see that a lot has changed since the early days of the Windows-centric network. Mac and Linux devices are now prevalent, so the challenge of finding one solution to manage all three different major platforms has provided a significant challenge. And it doesn’t look like this problem will go away anytime soon, some 75% of users would choose a macOS device if given the choice. Unfortunately, because of the lack of system control for non-Windows systems, many Mac and Linux systems go unmanaged or will go unmanaged in the future. Even worse, some are managed by the employees themselves which takes away valuable time from their core job and role within the organization.
System Management for the Modern Network
Keeping a network operating at peak level is critical for an organization to be successful in these modern times. System management solutions are a key part of that process. One particularly interesting solution is JumpCloud® Directory-as-a-Service®. JumpCloud enables IT admins to manage all three of the major platforms from a single interface, via GPO-like policies. Now, IT admins can enforce full disk encryption (FDE) (for Windows and Mac), enable OS updates, and initiate a screen lock—all remotely from anywhere there is a network connection. This is just a small sampling of what JumpCloud can do, it is not merely a system management tool. JumpCloud has RADIUS, SAML, and LDAP support, can integrate with O365™ and G Suite™, enables multi-factor authentication (MFA), and much more.
System Management and More With JumpCloud
If you’re ready to regain control over your heterogeneous computing environment and lock down the systems on your network, sign up for a JumpCloud account today. It’s free, and when you sign up, you’re instantly granted access to the full-featured version of the product, complete with the ability to manage up to 10 users for free. If you need technical information, feel free to contact us or visit our Knowledge Base for more information.