The identity management landscape is changing rapidly. In fact, it may be one of the hottest IT markets and has been for the last few years. The confluence of cloud infrastructure, web applications, and heterogeneous platforms is driving the dawn of a new era in identity and access management (IAM). Specifically, in this post we will discuss the innovations in the identity management category directory services.
The Development of Directory Services
OpenLDAP and AD both would go on to become incredibly popular. For example, OpenLDAP is leading the way in technical implementations via their open source model, while Active Directory became the monopoly in the space and is implemented in virtually all organizations.
It’s easy to understand why these solutions were successful in the past. Active Directory was focused on Windows platform and applications, which was the norm in the early 2000s. It also required on-prem resources which was the way the network was architected back then.
Those that used OpenLDAP did so for their more technical platforms – i.e., Unix, Linux, etc.
Often, OpenLDAP would be an adjunct directory service to AD. The problem was that the two directory services didn’t integrate well. So, either the IT admin had overhead in managing a brittle integration, or the end user had two identities to manage.
Next Generation Cloud Identity Management
Interestingly, these approaches were considered the state of the art for many years. Active Directory had become one of the most successful products from Microsoft, and as a result, it was embedded into the core of an organization’s IT infrastructure. Of course, that meant that IT admins were loathe to change solutions, even if there was a better solution out there (which there wasn’t for the longest time).
Then, web applications, cloud infrastructure, mobile devices, and Mac and Linux platforms transformed IT environments. This massive transformation required new management tooling, but because (Read more...)
*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from JumpCloud authored by Vince Lujan. Read the original post at: https://jumpcloud.com/blog/identity-management-category-directory-services/