Device management is one of the core, day-to-day tasks for an IT organization. As much as innovations like cloud computing, BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), and automatic patching are aimed at reducing the overhead of managing IT infrastructure, the reality is that devices will always need some degree of management – whether Windows, Mac, or Linux. Traditional device management tools struggle with cross-platform environments, cloud infrastructure, and remote workers. The good news is that a new generation of SaaS device management solutions is solving these problems for IT admins.
Traditional Device Management
Device management used to be far simpler. That’s because IT networks used to be based on Microsoft Windows and on-prem devices. This type of setup was self-reinforcing. Due to the majority of devices already being Windows, IT admins mandated that all users leverage Windows machines.
The reason for this Windows mandate was simple – Microsoft had excellent management tools, but only for Microsoft machines. Specifically, Microsoft Active Directory® and System Management Server (SMS, now called SCCM) were tuned to manage Windows systems. On top of that, AD developed Group Policy Objects (GPOs) that would help set security policies, map network drives and printers, and many other tasks. Streamlined device management as part of the directory service was an innovation that IT admins enjoyed, and in order to retain it they pushed for a Microsoft only environment. This setup worked for a while, but Microsoft couldn’t keep Mac and Linux at bay for long.
No Longer Microsoft Only
As the IT landscape started to change, the requirements for device management did as well. Windows devices started to give way to Mac and Linux machines. Further, these devices were not all on-prem as they once were. There are many servers and remote workers at organizations all over the world. To top it off, with the increase of security issues on each device, IT admins need to do more to meet their security requirements.
*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from JumpCloud authored by Jon Griffin. Read the original post at: https://jumpcloud.com/blog/saas-device-management/