The Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) industry has proven to work so well that it is expected to be worth $55.1 billion by the end of 2018 (Gartner). So, it’s not a surprise that the “as-a-Service” model has found its way into a variety of other businesses. From Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) to even Ransomware-as-a-Service (RaaS), it’s possible to find a whole host of products that are offered on a subscription basis. There is such a huge variety that many “as-a-Service” products end up using the same acronym, and one of those is DaaS. So, what is DaaS? There is Desktop-as-a-Service, Device-as-a-Service, Data-as-a-Service, and JumpCloud® Directory-as-a-Service®. So, it’s not a surprise that many are wondering what the difference is between these four DaaS products.
If you’ve been wondering this yourself, then you’ve found the right blog post. So let’s take a look at the difference between Directory-as-a-Service, Desktop-as-a-Service, Device-as-a-Service, Data-as-a-Service. To be clear, we at JumpCloud are the creators of Directory-as-a-Service – the only cloud-based directory service that helps IT organizations better manage their systems, apps, files, and networks – so we’re partial to that definition of DaaS. Still, we’ll try to be as even-handed as possible in defining all the different meanings of DaaS.
JumpCloud Directory-as-a-Service is a cloud-based directory service that enables IT admins to centralize user access to all of their IT resources regardless of the provider, protocol, platform, and location. JumpCloud takes care of the maintenance, availability, and configuration, while organizations simply enjoy using the features that come with JumpCloud’s cloud identity provider.
The benefit of using JumpCloud Directory-as-a-Service is that organizations can choose the resources that work best in their environment without compromising security. JumpCloud Directory-as-a-Service leverages a multi-protocol approach that allows IT to manage user authentication to Windows, Mac, and Linux systems (via our system agent), applications (using LDAP and SAML), file storage (via Samba), and networks (using RADIUS). This provides IT admins with a centralized, secure environment, and end users gain frictionless access to all of the IT resources they need to do their job.
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