The introduction of new cloud identity management solutions has sparked a renewed interest in the identity management market. In this post, we’ll discuss the cloud directory feature Linux® user management. However, before discussing how modern organizations are managing their Linux users, we should provide some context.
A Brief History of Identity Management
The modern identity management space arguably kicked off with the advent of the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol, or LDAP for short.
This is primarily because LDAP spawned two critical identity and access management (IAM) solutions – OpenLDAP™ and Microsoft® Active Directory® (AD).
Of course, AD would go on to become the most popular directory service on the planet, despite having been designed exclusively for Windows® based systems and applications.
OpenLDAP, on the other hand, targeted more technical platforms such as Unix systems and applications. For that reason, when Linux exploded in the early 2000s, many IT organizations chose to leverage on-prem OpenLDAP.
The OpenLDAP approach made a lot of sense, at the time, given that Active Directory was tailored to Windows. The challenge was that OpenLDAP was often the adjunct directory service that required AD identities to be synced with LDAP.
Why the sync? It was either that or have two separate identities, which was not only a hassle for end users, but added a lot of complexity to management as well.
The identity management challenge was only exacerbated as the world started to shift away from on-prem Windows resources, and even on-prem Linux systems to some extent.
Web applications, WiFi access, cloud file storage, and much more all required new approaches to identity and access management. The result was that IT admins started to look for a way to unify their approach to directory services.
That is when the modern cloud directory started to make a lot of sense, primarily due to the wide breadth of support for disparate IT resources. The fact that cloud directories could also reduce the resources and time required to manage the platform only added to the appeal.
Linux User Management with a Cloud Directory
*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from JumpCloud authored by Vince Lujan. Read the original post at: https://jumpcloud.com/blog/cloud-directory-feature-linux-user-management/