As new technology transforms the IT landscape, the future of server user management is being written and rewritten. The makeup of data centers has been completely transformed by the cloud and the Infrastructure-as-a-Service model. Amazon Web Services (AWS) began leading this charge in 2006 and today boasts $14B in annual revenue (Fortune, 2017) – even while fighting off fierce competition from Google and Microsoft. Clearly with the data center changing, there are risks and opportunities, especially when it comes to saving money and optimizing user management on servers. So IT admins can’t help but ask, “What is the future of server user management?”
But before we jump into the future of server user management, let’s take a look at how IT managed user access to servers in the past.
Server User Management in the Past
In the past, data centers were on-prem and the most common platform was Microsoft® Windows Server. Typically IT would connect their Windows Servers to the central user directory, which commonly was Active Directory®. In this setup, IT had the control they needed for effective server user management.
Then the world of IT changed. Data centers moved to the cloud, users no longer worked in one central location, and non-Microsoft resources became commonplace among the workforce. Microsoft wasn’t ready to let go of the empire they created with Active Directory, so they made it challenging to connect Active Directory to remote servers, web-based applications, and non-Windows systems. IT ended up losing the visibility they had over server user management.
However, weak server user management creates major security risks within an organization. Critical digital assets are often stored on servers, so it is crucial for IT to always know who has access to servers and what level of access users have. Also, IT should have the ability to securely revoke access to servers when a user leaves the company – and to be able to do so with 100% certainty.
Progress of Server User Management
*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from JumpCloud authored by Natalie Bluhm. Read the original post at: https://jumpcloud.com/blog/future-server-user-management/