Recently, our CPO Greg Keller has been delivering a series of whiteboard videos in which he lays out different components of the Directory-as-a-Service® platform. These videos are designed to increase awareness into the functionality of the cloud-based directory, in order to help everyone understand exactly how the platform works. In this part of the series, Greg goes through authentication with on-prem file servers. You can find the video “LDAP Authentication to Samba File Servers and NAS Appliances | Whiteboard Video” by clicking on the video below.
Why Samba File Servers and NAS Appliances?
The world is moving to the cloud. That is a certainty. However, there are still some circumstances where on-prem resources are necessary. One prime example of this is with file storage. While there are plenty of great offerings in the cloud, in certain situations they just cannot keep up with the performance of on-prem resources like Samba file servers or NAS appliances. If your organization has a lot of large files that take a lot of time to load (e.g. a large video file), then cloud storage may not be the right solution. Storing large files in the cloud means that it takes longer to access these files, and slows productivity. When stored on-prem however, the load times are much faster, and productivity improves as a result. For this exact reason, many organizations are still employing on-prem file storage servers. The downside of this is that they are a challenge to set up authentication to them. An end user may need to create a new identity just to get into the file storage, and the IT admin may need to set up an entire LDAP server to handle the authentication. Not ideal for the employee, and not ideal for the IT admin.
This is where JumpCloud’s platform comes in. Directory-as-a-Service grants admins a method to control access to this on-prem storage through cloud LDAP. By pointing the Samba or NAS devices to our LDAP-as-a-Service offering for authentication, IT organizations can not only control who gains access to the storage, but also how. Because (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/whiteboard-video-ldap-authentication-samba-nas/