Is There a Better Alternative to Active Directory®?

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According to Gartner, public cloud adoption can save an organization 14% of their budget. So it makes sense that over the next year, IT admins are dedicating 80% of their IT budgets toward cloud solutions. With cloud transformation underway in many organizations, IT admins are asking: is there a better alternative to Active Directory®? The answer is yes. There is a replacement to Active Directory that is better suited for modern organizations.

Before we dive into the alternative to AD, let’s step back and understand what IT organizations are looking for in an AD replacement.

The Rise of Active Directory

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Active Directory’s story actually begins in the 1980’s and 90’s. During this time frame, personal computers started appearing on every employee’s desk; the internet and the world wide web had emerged; and productivity software and email became common tools for completing everyday tasks.

As the workplace transformed, IT was at a loss for effectively and efficiently managing user access to these new resources. Then in 1999, Microsoft® Active Directory® was created. Using LDAP and Kerberos, Active Directory provided IT with centralized user and system management over the Microsoft resources in their on-prem environment. The key words to pay attention to here are “Microsoft” and “on-prem”. Infrastructure only existed on-prem, and every resource that dominated the office was from Microsoft: Microsoft Windows®, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Exchange. As long as IT environments stuck to this ecosystem, IT admins only had to leverage one solution to manage their company’s identities.

Modern IT Calls for a Better Alternative to Active Directory

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Shortly after Active Directory was introduced, web-based applications took off, with Salesforce paving the way. Then, Mac and Linux systems started replacing Windows workstations. The cloud as we know it launched, and revolutionized infrastructure, file storage, processing, and development tools. The IT network today is starkly different than it was even a decade ago.

Active Directory wasn’t built to integrate with Mac or Linux systems, web-based applications, or the cloud. As each of these new resources started to proliferate in the workplace, third-party solutions were created (Read more...)

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Natalie Bluhm

Natalie is a writer for JumpCloud, an Identity and Access Management solution designed for the cloud era. Natalie graduated with a degree in professional and technical writing, and she loves learning about cloud infrastructure, identity security, and IT protocols.

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