Cloud Directory Feature: NAS Appliance Authentication

NAS Appliance AuthenticationThe cloud directory is a hot new area of identity and access management (IAM). In the past, everyone in this space was interested in rebranding their solution as an IDaaS (Identity-as-a-Service) solution. Now, though, it seems that the term cloud directory is the new marketing term. Regardless of the naming conventions companies want to use, a cloud directory is not a term that can just be applied to any product. To be a cloud directory, your product really needs to center around being an identity provider. So, what exactly does an identity provider (IdP) in the cloud need to do? There is a long list of functionality on this list, but the one we will be discussing in this post is the cloud directory feature: NAS appliance authentication. To understand why, let’s begin with an examination of traditional IdPs in regards to network attached storage.

Traditional NAS Authentication

server account managementTraditionally, Microsoft® Active Directory® (AD) has been the identity provider in most IT organizations. AD was released in 1999, at a time when the vast majority of IT resources were on-prem and revolved around the Windows® operating system (OS). Desktops, laptops, and servers, for example, were based on the Windows OS, and most applications were built to work on top of the core productivity suite, Microsoft Office®. Even the network and file servers were Windows-based. As a result, IT admins didn’t really worry about connecting users to their file storage systems because, to a large degree, it was automatic.

In fact, storage and file servers have never really been a hot topic in the identity management world. This is largely because IT organizations have been focused on solving core problems such as managing access to web applications via single sign-on (SSO), federating user identities to AWS®, and administering Mac® and Linux® users and systems, to name a few examples. There are plenty of newer challenges as well. Windows systems are being replaced by Mac and Linux, G Suite has put a dent in the Office 365 monopoly, and file (Read more...)

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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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