Hosted Identity Bridge

Hosted Identity Bridge

As the IT landscape becomes more complex, a new wave of management tools has emerged. One such tool is an identity bridge, which helps extend existing user identities to resources that are not within the purview of the existing IdP (Identity Provider). These bridges enable organizations to “bridge the gap” from the legacy, on-prem world, to the modern cloud era. While this type of identity and access management tool can be extremely useful, there is immense contrast between the original identity bridges and the more sophisticated, cloud-forward identity bridges available today. Identity bridges are still innovating, and the idea of a hosted identity bridge that can provision access to a wide variety of modern resources is the next step.

Why are Identity Bridges Needed?

Hosted Identity Bridge needed for Modern IT world

To understand how you can leverage modern IT platforms, it’s critical to understand where they are coming from. Historically, the IT network had been largely Microsoft Windows-based. That meant that the systems, applications, and IT management tools were all built with Windows. The result was a homogenous network that could be controlled by Microsoft Active Directory® and the domain controller. On top of that, this environment was largely on-prem as well. All of the computers, printers, storage, and more were all Microsoft based and on-prem. As a result, AD was built to manage on-prem Microsoft based resources. This solution made sense for a while. But as we all know with everything in technology, nothing stays the same for long.

As the IT landscape started to shift with web applications, cloud infrastructure, and non-Windows platforms such as Mac and Linux, the Microsoft-based management tools started to break down. IT admins couldn’t easily control users, systems, applications, and file servers that weren’t based on Windows. As a result, many admins started pushing back against the changes. But, the draw for their end users was compelling, and the changes gained traction and are still growing to this day.

This problem spawned the creation of the identity bridge. An identity bridge is a piece of software that extends Active Directory (the old) credentials to modern IT resources such as (Read more...)

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Jon Griffin works as a writer for JumpCloud, an organization focused on bringing centralized IT to the modern organization. He graduated with a degree in Professional and Technical Writing from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, and is an avid learner of new technology from cloud-based innovations to VR and more.

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One thought on “Hosted Identity Bridge

  • December 30, 2017 at 7:27 pm

    Thanks Jon. I prefer to use the term Identity Bus, ripped off from the ESB. Enterprise Identity Service Bus is something that extends far beyond a Directory Cloud Service, but includes AuthN & AuthZ aaS, Preference Center aaS, Consent Lifecycle Management, Advanced Policy Management

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