Microsoft® Active Directory® (AD) Competition

Microsoft® Active Directory® (AD) Competition

 In Active Directory, Blog

Microsoft® Active Directory® (AD) has been the dominant directory services platform for nearly twenty years now. However, as more IT resources shift to the cloud, more IT admins are interested in the Active Directory competition. The challenge is finding a comparable directory services platform in the cloud.

Fortunately, a powerful new cloud directory has come to market that is changing the game. We’ll discuss the benefits of this cloud-based identity management platform in this blog post. But first, we should outline a few of the challenges that have led IT admins to seek out Active Directory competitors.

A Brief History of Active Directory

Active Directory emerged in 1999, and quickly took the identity management market by storm. Of course, this made a lot of sense, given that IT networks were virtually all Windows-based and on-prem. Naturally, AD thrived in this type of environment.

Further, because of the way that Microsoft licensed Active Directory, it was effectively free for IT organizations leveraging Windows Server®, which most were. So, if you already had the appropriate licensing for Windows server, there was no reason not to use AD.

The other piece of AD that was brilliant was effectively the precursor to a concept that we refer to as True Single Sign-On. In other words, a user could gain access to virtually all of their Windows-based IT resources by simply logging into their Windows-based system.

All of these characteristics made Active Directory one of the highest market share products for Microsoft. Yet, while massively successful in the early 2000s, that is no longer the case. In fact, the effectiveness of AD has been in decline since the mid-2000s, and today it needs much more help to be functional.

The Beginning of the End for Active Directory

The fall of AD began when web applications like Google Apps (a.k.a. G Suite) (Read more...)

*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Blog – JumpCloud authored by Vince Lujan. Read the original post at:

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.

vince-lujan has 169 posts and counting.See all posts by vince-lujan