There is a movement gaining a lot of momentum in the modern IT world to shift away from on-prem infrastructure in favor of SaaS-based solutions that leverage the cloud. These days almost every IT category has solutions delivered as-a-service from the cloud. Yet, while the cloud has taken over in most instances, there are some categories that have been slow to adapt.
These changes have been positive for the most part. However, to truly understand the benefits of a new cloud-based IAM solution, let’s first step back and take a look at the old model. Then, we will discuss what has changed.
Traditional Approaches to Identity and Access Management
Historically, the identity provider (IdP) category has been on-prem and delivered as software typically managed by the IT organization. For most organizations that has meant Microsoft Active Directory® (AD).
Most of us already know that AD has been dominating the IAM space for better or worse for almost twenty years now. AD is a directory services platform for Microsoft Windows® based IT resources. It was initially released back in 2000 as a directory service solution for the widespread implementations of Windows systems and services that was prevalent at the time.
Back then, everything was running Windows. From the endpoints users accessed to the on-prem email, applications, and data servers they leveraged on a daily basis. The simple truth was that if you wanted computing power you looked to Microsoft for a solution and you managed it with Active Directory.
With AD at the core, a wide variety of subcategories of the IAM market appeared. Many of those addressed the shortcomings of AD, such as AD’s lack of device management capabilities for non-Windows systems, and have gone on to be SaaS solutions that organizations can add on to supplement AD. Yet, none of these were created with the focus to be a fully featured Directory-as-a-Service® delivered from the cloud.
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*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from JumpCloud authored by Vince Lujan. Read the original post at: https://jumpcloud.com/blog/identity-access-management-service/