Identity Management Category: Cloud Directory Services

Cloud Directory Services

An exciting new identity management category has emerged within the identity and access management (IAM) space. The identity management category: cloud directory services is garnering a great deal of attention. Directory services have historically lain dormant in the IAM world due primarily to the evolution of the market, with on-prem Microsoft® platforms at the forefront. However, with the massive shifts going on in the IT sector, there is finally a new category of cloud identity management solution that solves major challenges.

A Closer Look at the Origins of Identity Management

In order to fully understand this new cloud identity management category, we need to start at the beginning of the modern era of identity management. Our advisor, Tim Howes, and his colleagues at the University of Michigan kicked the industry off with the advent of LDAP. This core authentication protocol subsequently led to the creation of OpenLDAP and Microsoft Active Directory® (AD), among others directory services. Yet, it was these two platforms that would go on to dominate the market for almost twenty years.

However, near the tail end of their reign, the IT landscape started to shift away from on-prem networks of Windows® based IT resources. Web applications became more popular, for example. Cloud infrastructure replaced on-prem data centers too. Then came a wide range of storage solutions including Samba file servers and NAS appliances, as well as cloud options like Dropbox® and Google Drive. Even Mac® and Linux® devices grew in popularity in a market that had previously only known Windows machines, for the most part.

All of these changes and more put tremendous pressure on IT organizations. Specifically, the IT admins in charge of managing enterprise networks. The issue was their core identity provider – most commonly Active Directory – couldn’t connect to all of these new IT resources. As a result, IT admins were forced to leverage third-party add-on solutions (e.g., Identity-as-a-Service), or worse, leave these IT resources unmanaged.

Next Generation Cloud Directory Services


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Vince Lujan

Vince is a documentation and blog writer at JumpCloud, the world’s first cloud-based directory service. Vince recently graduated with a degree in professional and technical writing from the University of New Mexico, and enjoys researching new innovations in cloud architecture and infrastructure.

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