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Cloud Directory Feature Identity Bridge

Cloud Directory Feature Identity Bridge

The identity and access management (IAM) market is shifting and changing quickly right now. As more organizations make the shift to the cloud, a new generation of identity management tools is emerging. Just as importantly, there has also been a rearranging of the categories to change the IAM landscape even further. In this post, we’ll discuss the cloud directory feature identity bridge.

Before we can talk about what an identity bridge is, we need to step back and briefly review the changes in the directory service space.

Directory Services Started with LDAP

Tim Howes and his colleagues at the University of Michigan kicked off the modern era of identity management with their invention, the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP). Before LDAP, the X.500 and the Directory Access Protocol (DAP) made up the directory services for organizations. This setup worked okay, but it had a few challenges. It required a lot of computer processing power, and implementing a DAP stack required a good amount of customization. Then resources started to utilize TCP/IP, and the need grew even more for a lighter weight directory services protocol. That’s when Howes and his colleagues stepped in and created LDAP (

LDAP worked so well that it spawned a number of products that would go on to make directory services a staple among IT organizations. The most notable directory services are OpenLDAP  and Microsoft® Active Directory® (AD). While both of these products would go on to become market leaders, AD became the monopoly in the space. Then, Active Directory started to experience what happened to the X.500 – change in the world of IT.   

The IT Landscape Transformed Again

Many new IT resources brought significant change to an organization’s network. Mac® and Linux® machines became more common. Web applications joined on-prem applications within the environment. Data centers gave way to cloud infrastructure hosted at AWS® and Google Cloud Platform™. Files stored in Windows® File Server started to shift to the cloud, or cheaper alternatives such as Samba file servers and (Read more...)

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Natalie Bluhm

Natalie is a writer for JumpCloud, an Identity and Access Management solution designed for the cloud era. Natalie graduated with a degree in professional and technical writing, and she loves learning about cloud infrastructure, identity security, and IT protocols.

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