With numerous changes occuring in the IT industry, the identity management market is heating up more than ever before. Web applications, wireless networks, cloud storage, and much more are shifting the IT space rapidly. As a result, admins are looking for new solutions. One solution in particular that IT admins are searching to replace is Microsoft® Active Directory® (AD). This management tool has been around for nearly two decades now, and IT organizations have had enough. It’s time to start looking for Active Directory competitors.
Microsoft’s Dominance in the Identity Management Sector
Microsoft AD has been incredibly dominant in the directory services space. It may just be the highest market share solution that they have. But the most impressive part about it is how Microsoft has been able to leverage AD as an advantage in the rest of the IT market as well. By refusing to support competitors, they have been able to lock their customers into Windows® systems and applications for many years. But you can only stall innovation for so long.
While in the past the IT network was Microsoft-centric, the IT network today is no longer as clear cut. It has moved far away from the Microsoft controlled on-prem environment that AD was built for. With 3 in 4 users choosing Macs® over Windows systems, there has been nothing Microsoft could do to prevent their entrance into the enterprise.
Today, there are more Mac and Linux® machines than ever. Web applications have become incredibly popular, and they are accessible via a browser and not tied to Windows. The data center is shifting to AWS and GCP, and Linux servers are beating out Microsoft servers for popularity. In fact, 75 percent of enterprises report that they use Linux as their primary cloud server platform. G Suite is challenging Office and Office 365 for the productivity platform within an organization. Windows File Server is being replaced by either on-prem options like Samba file servers and NAS appliances, or cloud options like Box, Google Drive, and Dropbox. These are just some of the changes (Read more...)
*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from JumpCloud authored by Jon Griffin. Read the original post at: https://jumpcloud.com/blog/active-directory-competitors/