Simplify QNAP, FreeNAS, & Synology Access Management

Many IT organizations have Network Attached Storage (NAS) platforms. These systems are often leverage the SMB/CIFS networking protocol and can be classified as Samba file servers. QNAP, FreeNAS, and Synology are three of the most popular examples of Samba-based NAS solutions on the market. As IT organizations look to integrate these on-prem storage systems into the IT infrastructure, figuring out how to simplify QNAP, FreeNAS, and Synology access management is a critical step in that integration.

The Need For On-Prem Storage Persists

Despite the popularity of cloud storage solutions such as Google Drive, Dropbox, Box, and many others, there is still a large need for cost-effective on-prem data storage solutions. The reason these solutions are still required can range from the need to manage large files on-prem, to regulatory requirements, or to the need for on-prem backup solutions. Whatever the use case, NAS solutions have been extremely popular for their cost-effectiveness, reliability, and ability to tightly control access.

Out of those benefits, one of the key reasons for NAS solutions popularity is the tightly controlled access it offers. This is because digital assets are some of the most valuable assets there are within an organization. Ensuring that only the correct people have access to specific information is paramount to protecting the company. This means controlling access to data within an organization, as well as blocking any unauthorized access. This process is one of the core functions of IT, and the capabilities NAS devices provide fits right in with it.

NAS systems are able to have this tightly controlled access because of the way that they can be integrated with an organization’s identity provider (IdP). This setup makes it so a user’s core credentials are then necessary to access the directories or files. This is an important part of a file server, and critical for IT admins.

Integrating NAS systems with an identity provider has most commonly occured with the legacy IdPs OpenLDAP™ and Active Directory®. With this solution, many IT admins were content as it provided the security and access control they needed. However, the IT environment soon began to (Read more...)

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Jon Griffin

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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