Cloud-Based System Management

Cloud-Based System Management

Cloud-based system management is an exciting new category that has caught the attention of many IT admins. The excitement comes from the fact that the ability to manage systems has historically required complex on-prem solutions like Microsoft®  Systems Management Server (SMS), now called the System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM), or even Active Directory® (AD), for example.

While Microsoft tools such as these have served IT admins well for many years, they have a number of limitations with modern networks that cannot be ignored. Add to that, the fact that many IT organizations are looking to shift their on-prem IT infrastructure to the cloud, and it is easy to see why the concept of cloud-based system management is so enticing.

Fortunately, cloud-based system management is a core function of the next generation cloud identity management platform called JumpCloud® Directory-as-a-Service®. In short, IT admins are empowered to manage cross-platform fleets of systems (Windows, Mac, and Linux) from one central management platform in the cloud. However, before we dive into the advantages of system management with the JumpCloud platform, we should outline how IT admins have traditionally approached system management from a high level.

The Evolution of System Management

evolution of Cloud-Based System Management

The system management space has produced a number of interesting solutions over the years. Most of which are relics from the client/server era, such as Tivoli, HP OpenView, BigFix, and more. However, these types of solutions were focused on a wider range of device types, including routers, switches, servers, and more. It wasn’t until Microsoft introduced tools like SMS, and later Active Directory, that the modern concept of centralized management for Windows-based user systems was established.

System Management with SMS

Before Cloud-Based System Management there was system management with SMS

The System Management Server (SMS) was one of Microsoft’s first attempts to provide system management capabilities for IT networks. SMS was introduced in 1994. It was developed to help IT admins manage large numbers of systems running Windows NT, Windows Embedded, and other early versions of the Windows operating system. In other words, IT admins could deploy software updates, manage network access, and configure other systems tasks (Read more...)

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Vince Lujan

Vince is a documentation and blog writer at JumpCloud, the world’s first cloud-based directory service. Vince recently graduated with a degree in professional and technical writing from the University of New Mexico, and enjoys researching new innovations in cloud architecture and infrastructure.

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