As Mac systems become more popular and infiltrate mainstream corporations, there are significant challenges for IT organizations. Historically, popular sets of IT management tools have been focused on Windows rather than Mac and Linux. When Mac and Linux systems grew in popularity, IT admins did not have sufficient options to manage these non-Windows systems. They either had to manually manage Mac systems, implement a costly third-party solution, or leave Macs unmanaged altogether. New technology is emerging all the time, so IT organizations can’t help but wonder if there’s a new answer to the question, “How can I manage my Mac fleet?”
Yes, there is a new solution, and it’s called JumpCloud Directory-as-a-Service®. However, first we need to take a look at the identity and access management (IAM) space. Doing so will make it clear why IT admins should seriously consider managing Mac systems with JumpCloud’s cloud-based directory services.
The IAM Giant – Microsoft Active Directory
The reason managing Mac fleets has been such a challenge is because the main directory service over the past two decades, Microsoft® Active Directory®, was built to manage Microsoft solutions. When it was created, the network consisted of Microsoft Windows for systems, Microsoft Office for applications, and Windows Server for files. Active Directory worked great in this locked-in environment, and it became part of Microsoft’s strategy to hold onto their monopoly within IT organizations.
Dismantling the Locked-In Approach
When Mac systems started slipping into the office, IT had no way of managing these non-Microsoft workstations because of Active Directory’s locked-in nature. User management was painful and less secure, and there had been no equivalent to GPOs for Mac systems. For many years, IT admins have been left with either manual management, or the prospect of purchasing additional management tools that only end up increasing their operational overhead and cost.
The thing is, Mac systems haven’t been the only new resource to disrupt the workplace. The modern office is now taking advantage of cloud infrastructure, web applications, and other modern IT solutions. So, IT admins have started to (Read more...)