The Best System Management Solution for Modern IT Networks

The Best System Management Solution for Modern IT Networks

IT admins are well aware of the fact that the ability to manage systems is critical in the enterprise space. The challenge is finding the best system management solution for heterogeneous IT networks.

Fortunately, a new solution called JumpCloud® Directory-as-a-Service® has come to market that offers cross-platform system management capabilities from the cloud. The question is whether the JumpCloud platform is the best system management solution for modern IT networks.

The short answer is yes. But first, we should discuss how IT admins have traditionally approached system management. Alternatively, you can also check out the following whiteboard presentation to learn more about managing systems with JumpCloud.

Traditional System Management Tools

System management in the past

The system management category has produced a number of fascinating solutions through the years. Some of these solutions date back to the client/server era, such as Tivoli, HP OpenView, and BigFix. However, many of the traditional enterprise system management tools in use today are Microsoft® offerings.

System Management Server

One of Microsoft’s first attempts at system management was with the System Management Server (SMS) solution. SMS was introduced in 1994 to help IT admins manage groups of systems running early versions of the Windows® operating system, such as Windows NT and Windows Embedded (Wikipedia).

SMS enabled IT admins to manage network access, deploy software updates, and control a variety of policies for Windows-based systems from a central location. Not surprisingly, it was a huge hit with IT admins, especially due to the fact that Windows-based systems were already dominating the enterprise PC market.

SMS became the System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) in 2007 and remains a popular system management tool for modern IT networks.

Active Directory

Active Directory is Microsoft’s on-prem directory service platform. AD was released in 1999, and has since become the most dominant directory service platform in IT organizations.

Active Directory was one of the first solutions to offer both user and system management capabilities (for Windows-based systems) in one solution. AD also took the concept of system management a step further than SMS with the Group Policy functionality.

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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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