IT admins are shifting their infrastructure to the cloud. In fact, Spiceworks found that budgets for hosted/cloud-based services saw the biggest increase in 2017 compared to budgets for managed services, software, and hardware. While the shift to the cloud has been underway for some time, IT’s recent focus on cloud identity management is a new development. Traditionally, identity and access management (IAM) has been an on-prem solution. Now, the cloud directory feature for user management is shifting this area to the cloud.
Let’s take a look at some of the problems IT has been experiencing with legacy IAM providers. Then we’ll walk you through some aspects that you need to consider when moving to a cloud-based directory service.
The Rise and Fall of AD
The IAM landscape started with Microsoft® Active Directory® in the late 1990s. Active Directory was created to provide IT admins with effective control over users and their access to IT resources that leveraged LDAP and Kerberos. For a few short years, Active Directory worked perfectly. The only catch was that infrastructure needed to be maintained on-prem and organizations needed to stick to using Windows® systems, Microsoft Office®, Exchange® and other Microsoft resources.
Since the mid 2000’s, the working world has shifted away from Microsoft resources though. Mac and Linux systems are on the rise, web-based applications are replacing Microsoft Office, file storage and servers have moved to the cloud, and networks have transitioned to wireless. Microsoft didn’t build Active Directory to integrate with these new resources and their varying protocols. So, IT has been challenged with maintaining secure, centralized user management while trying to bring their environment into the modern age. This is why the concept of a cloud directory is such an exciting breakthrough in the directory services market. But, it’s important to clear up what a cloud directory is and what it isn’t.
Defining the Role of a Cloud Directory
A cloud directory isn’t just taking a legacy directory service like Microsoft Active Directory and shifting it to the cloud. It also isn’t an electronic organization chart (Read more...)
*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from JumpCloud authored by Natalie Bluhm. Read the original post at: https://jumpcloud.com/blog/cloud-directory-feature-user-management/