Managing systems has long been the bread-and-butter for IT admins – but it has changed a lot. In the early 2000’s, managing systems was simpler insofar as the infrastructure was virtually all Microsoft Windows and hosted on-prem. There was no need to expose anything to the internet, and there was no incompatibility with systems. Homogenous systems meant homogenous system management. As the world moves away from that model of infrastructure, a new virtual system management platform is taking over.
Old IT and System Management
Let’s step back and talk about what the IT environment was like in the past and how that impacted IT management tools. Historically, IT networks were homogeneous, Windows-based environments. In most cases, the infrastructure was all located in the office, including computers, storage, servers, and the data center all taking up physical space. Because everything was Microsoft-based and located on-prem, the result of this environment was that all of the IT management tools became tailored to fit this Windows environment.
Microsoft, of course, was the provider of these tools. The top two tools that IT organizations adopted were Active Directory® and SMS/SCCM. AD controlled user management and Windows machines, while SCCM focused more on system management. This setup became the norm in IT organizations, and has persisted for over two decades now. It became so ingrained in IT that many applications and new technology in the IT space are designed on top of it. However, as of late, the IT environment is trending away from Microsoft. Mac and Linux machines, cloud applications and servers, remote workers, and more are all non-Microsoft and are quickly rising in popularity.
The New IT Landscape
As the IT landscape started to change to heterogeneous environments, Windows focused tools such as AD and SCCM started to struggle. While Microsoft enabled some interoperability, true user and device management of non-Windows platforms left a great deal to be desired. This was because there was no reason for Microsoft to enable alternative systems to work well with Active Directory. Having the best performance with Microsoft systems motivates IT admins to have their company utilize (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-system-management/