Did you know that 3 out of 4 employees prefer to use Mac over Windows systems? Did you also know that allowing users to use the system of their choice increases productivity by 72%? With these stats in mind, it’s not a surprise that Macs are replacing Microsoft® Windows® in the workplace. However, new challenges have surfaced as a result. If Macs have recently come into your environment, you are more than well aware of the poor options that exist for managing Mac users. So, you wouldn’t be surprised that this has led to a keen interest in a cloud directory with a function for Mac user management.
To better understand why a cloud-based directory service is needed, we need to take a look at the following:
- Past user and system management
- How the IT landscape has evolved
- Legacy user and system management challenges
- How the cloud directory function Mac user management is the solution
Looking at these aspects will make it all the more clear why a hosted directory service is a fitting solution for a Mac-friendly, cloud forward IT environment.
AD and Windows Ruled the Office
As most IT admins know, the directory service has historically been provided on-prem by Microsoft Active Directory®. Some have also leveraged OpenLDAP™ as an AD alternative, but the market share numbers will tell you that AD is the runaway success in the on-prem identity management world.
This all makes a great deal of sense when you consider that most networks used to be all Windows and hosted on-prem. Microsoft took advantage of this and connected the entire network together via Active Directory. Of course, the not so subtle strategy was to lock-in customers to Microsoft and lockout competitors such as Mac and Linux systems. The on-prem, legacy AD approach to IAM (identity and access management) worked for a long time, and worked pretty well. Then, the IT landscape changed.
IT Landscape has Changed
Over the last two decades, the IT landscape has been introduced to a wide variety of new, innovative non-Microsoft technology. This includes web-based apps like (Read more...)
*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from JumpCloud authored by Natalie Bluhm. Read the original post at: https://jumpcloud.com/blog/cloud-directory-function-mac-user-management/