FreeNAS is a free and open source operating system designed for network attached storage (NAS) appliances. IT organizations leverage FreeNAS to manage storage solutions and help share data over a network. However, as more IT management tools move to the cloud, one question is how to connect FreeNAS to cloud identity management solutions.
The short answer is that connecting FreeNAS to a cloud identity management platform called Directory-as-a-Service® is quick and easy, but the bigger question is why IT organizations want to connect FreeNAS to cloud identity management solutions to begin with. This blog explains.
Why Connect FreeNAS to Cloud Identity Management?
NAS appliances have been a popular on-prem storage solution in IT organizations for many years. They are cost effective, reliable, and can be easily integrated into most IT networks.
They can also offer a number of advantages when compared to cloud storage alternatives like Google Drive, Dropbox, Box, and others – especially with larger file sizes compared to shifting data back and forth from the cloud. The fact that FreeNAS is a free and open source operating system designed for managing NAS appliances only adds to the benefits.
The issue for modern IT organizations is that authenticating user access to NAS devices has traditionally been the responsibility of legacy identity management platforms like Microsoft Active Directory® and OpenLDAP™. As more organizations shift their identity management tools to the cloud, the challenge for IT has become finding a solution that enables them to continue leveraging NAS solutions (e.g., FreeNAS, Synology, QNAP) on-prem.
Fortunately, a new generation of cloud identity management solution has emerged with the power to connect users to virtually any IT resource, including NAS devices either on-prem or in the cloud. It’s called Directory-as-a-Service, from JumpCloud.
Cloud Identity Management for FreeNAS Solutions
The JumpCloud LDAP-as-a-Service feature supports Samba attributes and data, which are required by FreeNAS in order to authenticate user access. This enables JumpCloud to easily integrate with FreeNAS devices and add LDAP authentication for user access.
*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from JumpCloud authored by Vince Lujan. Read the original post at: https://jumpcloud.com/blog/connect-freenas-cloud-identity-management/