A comprehensive web based directory service platform is highly sought after in modern IT organizations. This is because directory services have traditionally been on-prem solutions like Microsoft® Active Directory® (AD) and OpenLDAP™. While both of these solutions are great for homogenous, on-prem IT networks, the issue with AD and OpenLDAP is that modern IT organizations seek to eliminate the majority of their on-prem infrastructure in favor of cloud solutions.
The good news is that a next generation web based directory service platform has emerged that is effectively AD and OpenLDAP reimagined for the cloud era. This cloud identity provider (IdP) offers a comprehensive array of management capabilities for virtually any IT resource, regardless of platform, provider, protocol, or location. In short, the solution is called JumpCloud Directory-as-a-Service®. However, in order to understand the benefits of the web based directory service platform, let us first outline the legacy approach to directory services to reveal what has changed with the shift to the cloud.
Legacy Directory Service Platforms
Modern directory services really kicked off with the advent of LDAP, otherwise known as the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol. LDAP was created by Tim Howes and his colleagues at The University of Michigan in 1993. It was created as an alternative to the X.500 directory access protocol, and offered a lightweight solution to secure decentralized IT.
Two foundational directory service platforms emerged from LDAP a few years later. The first was OpenLDAP, which would effectively become a niche solution leveraged primarily for data center implementations. The other was from Microsoft, which combined LDAP and the Kerberos protocol to create Active Directory. Of course, AD would go on to become the most dominant directory service platform to date.
However, the IT landscape started to change in the mid-2000’s as Mac and Linux began to break into the enterprise system market and web applications began to provide cloud alternatives to legacy applications on-prem. While these new types of resources offered a number of benefits, they also introduced a few drawbacks. One consequence was that identity management became a major challenge with legacy (Read more...)
*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from JumpCloud authored by Vince Lujan. Read the original post at: https://jumpcloud.com/blog/web-based-directory-service-platform/