Active Directory® as-a-Service & Linux Authentication

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As the IT world shifts to the cloud, virtually all of the categories within IT are making the leap. While applications and infrastructure have been leading the way, IT management tools are starting to catch up. One of the last categories to make the leap to the cloud has been identity management, especially on Linux systems. The delay in this functionality natively in AD has many IT admins have wondering if there is an alternative solution that could work. Essentially, they’re looking for an Active Directory® as-a-Service that can support Linux authentication.

Why Linux Authentication Matters

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Considering that the IT landscape has shifted from a platform perspective, the ability to authenticate non-Windows platforms has become a critical need. The IT network and data center operating system used to be dominated by Microsoft Windows. More recently though, both of these areas have shifted. Internal platform choices have changed dramatically away from Windows, with only one in five devices now being Windows based. A similar trend has taken hold in the data center space with the most dominant platform being Linux.

This shift in the data center platform has been largely enabled by the fact that most organizations are no longer building their own data centers, but rather leveraging Infrastructure-as-a-Service providers like AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud Platform. These IaaS providers, and many others, have helped shift the balance towards Linux.

Because of this fundamental shift in the platform space, IT admins are looking for ways to seamlessly integrate user access into their identity management platform. For many of these organizations, Microsoft Active Directory has historically been the identity management platform of choice. But as the world shifts to the cloud and towards Linux, IT organizations are searching for alternatives. The concept of an Active Directory as-a-Service solution that supports Linux authentication is appealing.

An Active Directory as-a-Service Solution?

Active Directory fails in the cloud

IT admins know that Active Directory struggles with macOS and Linux, and virtually any non-Windows platform for that matter. These struggles have plagued IT, and many have thought about a new generation of AD as a service that could solve this (Read more...)

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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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