Many IT management solutions are shifting to the as a service model. You can see this change in the ever-rising popularity of solutions of G Suite, Salesforce, Dropbox, and AWS. But the SaaS model continues to expand to new IT resources. Event management, logging, security, and others are gaining a foothold in the as a service realm. One area that has lagged in this trend however has been directory services. Only recently have cloud IAM solutions that can act as a unified directory started to appear – and these tools essentially offer a platform for Mac user management as a service.
The Old Directory Solution
Traditionally, directory services solutions have been delivered on-prem and controlled by internal IT teams. The level of effort it can take to securely manage identities in a complex IT environment though can be significant. There is hardware and software to manage. Security and high availability are critical to operations. There is also the manual management of the software and the day-to-day work of connecting users to systems, applications, file servers, networks, and much more. It’s certainly no small feat.
In this old, on-prem world, the directory services solution of choice was a Microsoft Windows-based solution called Active Directory®. AD became hugely popular in the 2000s due to the control it offered over the office for on-prem and Microsoft specific solutions. At a time when everything in the office fit that description, it made sense. As time has gone on, AD has continued its dominance despite weak support of non-Windows platforms such as Mac and Linux. Because AD is an on-prem solution, it also struggles with cloud infrastructure. With both cross platform environments and cloud infrastructure taking off in the enterprise, this problem will only get worse.
Addressing the Challenges of AD
With the challenges of cross platform and cloud infrastructure, makeshift solutions that fill in the gaps for Active Directory have appeared. Many services have created tools and solutions that help IT admins solve some of these challenges. For example, one tool that started to appear on the market was the directory extension. These on-prem (Read more...)
*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from JumpCloud authored by Jon Griffin. Read the original post at: https://jumpcloud.com/blog/mac-user-management-service/