IDaaS Capability to Support Samba File Servers

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IDaaS, otherwise known as Identity-as-a-Service, is one of the hottest categories in the identity and access management market. With all of that activity, it also means that the IDaaS space has been in a state of constant transformation. IDaaS used to essentially translate into web application single sign-on. Today, though, modern IDaaS platforms have evolved to be core identity providers for organizations. In order to achieve this more advanced goal, an IDaaS provider must be capable of connecting users to a wide gamut of IT resources. One example that we want to explore on this page is the IDaaS capability to support Samba file servers.

Identity Management of the Past

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Let’s step back and give you some background on the identity management space. It really kicked off with the advent of LDAP by Tim Howes and his colleagues. That, of course, spawned two major identity management solutions, OpenLDAP™ and Microsoft Active Directory®.

For many years, these platforms were the core of an organization’s identity management infrastructure. However, as mentioned, recently the IT landscape started to change, such as with web applications. Now, there are many cloud based applications and storage systems, and they are not easy for conventional, on-prem identity management infrastructure to manage. Of course, a generation of web application single sign-on providers emerged to help address this problem. They integrated with Active Directory and extended those identities to web applications. Essentially, these first generation IDaaS providers were just web application SSO platforms from the cloud. They relied on AD to be the identity provider.

Cloud or On-Prem File Storage?

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As the world moved to different IT platforms, there was a tension around storage. While some cloud storage options such as Google Drive, Dropbox, and Box started to become popular, the challenge that arose was that not all data could easily live and be manipulated in the cloud. Larger files that required significant bandwidth to go back and forth were really better off being on-prem. Additionally, regulatory requirements sometimes forced select organizations to keep data on-prem as well. Because of these challenges, Samba file servers and NAS (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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