What are the Features of Cloud IAM?

Identity and access management (IAM) has been a foundational part of IT for nearly two decades now. The world of IT has experienced dramatic changes during that time, yet legacy IAM solutions haven’t changed to match. Conventional IAM has long been dominated by Microsoft’s ® Active Directory ® platform, and due to its near-monopoly in the market, no one challenged it. But the evolution of enterprise IT has pushed the limitations of the on-prem Microsoft-centric directory, and admins are raring for a change. This is where the new Cloud IAM directory comes into play. But what are the features of Cloud IAM? Let’s start by defining Cloud IAM as a whole.

What is a Cloud IAM Directory?

As the world continues to shift away from on-prem and Microsoft-based infrastructure, the only way that IT will be able to keep up with it is if they shift their IAM platform as well. Active Directory is only efficient at managing a percentage of modern IT infrastructure, and it requires multiple third party solutions to fully control the rest. This complexity and expense is the last thing that admins want to deal with, and a modern cloud IAM solution aims to solve just that. In short, a cloud IAM directory can connect users to all of the IT resources that they need, regardless of their platform, protocol, location, or provider. This means whether a user needs access to systems (Mac, Windows, Linux), wired or WiFi networks (via RADIUS), cloud or on-prem storage (Samba, NAS, Dropbox, etc.), web or local applications (SAML, LDAP), or virtual or physical servers, the cloud IAM directory has the admins covered.

With JumpCloud ® Directory-as-a-Service ®, that’s exactly what you get.

Features of Cloud IAM

Want to find out more about the capabilities of a cloud IAM directory? We have a plethora of posts on the features of cloud IAM, and what they can do for you. We put together a list of them so that you can find the topics you are interested in, and you can find them below.


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Jon Griffin

Jon Griffin works as a writer for JumpCloud, an organization focused on bringing centralized IT to the modern organization. He graduated with a degree in Professional and Technical Writing from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, and is an avid learner of new technology from cloud-based innovations to VR and more.

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