The device management space has changed dramatically. It used to be dominated by solutions that specialized in managing Microsoft Windows machines, but today’s heterogeneous environments must accommodate a variety of operating systems – especially macOS and Linux. The conventional, Windows-centric device management solutions no longer excel. Add to that the desire to have IT management tools from the cloud, and a virtual device management solution starts to make a lot of sense.
The Microsoft Version of IT
Microsoft Windows used to dominate the device infrastructure. Windows systems and applications were a virtual monopoly in organizations. In fact, back in 2000 Microsoft owned 97 percent of the device market share (Forbes). Even with this level of domination over the enterprise, Microsoft still wanted to strengthen their grasp on the market. So they set out to build a core set of IT management tools that could enable IT organizations to govern all of their Microsoft infrastructure. Microsoft came out with Microsoft Active Directory® and SCCM, and these tools helped IT admins control user management and device management respectively. These became major pieces in the way IT organizations operated, and essentially became Microsoft’s way to secure their spot in the enterprise market for the coming years.
The Modern Version of IT
Fast forward to today, and IT infrastructure looks dramatically different. Only one in five devices is now Windows (Forbes). Macbooks, iMacs, and Linux servers are extremely popular. This change has been detrimental for Active Directory’s functionality, as it was designed to function solely with Microsoft based platforms. To help fill this gap, a new generation of IT systems and device management tools have been flooding the market.
Another important change in the market is the desire for IT organizations to leverage “as-a-service” solutions. SaaS based solutions end up saving IT organizations time and money. They also enable their IT admins to focus on the core things that matter to their organization.
As a result of these changes, an opportunity has emerged for a virtual device management platform. Called Directory-as-a-Service®, this modern incarnation of Active Directory and OpenLDAP™ (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/virtual-device-management/