We are seeing Microsoft shift their customer base to the cloud more and more as of late, and the majority of this movement is being driven from their productivity solutions. Microsoft® Office® and Exchange® have been re-imagined into the cloud version Office 365™, and the adoption of this cloud tool has been incredibly high. However, this adoption has also created ripple effects throughout the IT infrastructure. One key area under pressure today with this migration to the cloud is Microsoft Active Directory®. Fortunately there is a new cloud directory feature for O365 integration that is changing the game for IT organizations, but it’s important to understand why it’s needed as well.
One Foot in the Cloud and One Foot On-Prem
Despite Microsoft’s desire to shift their customer base to the cloud in many areas, there is one area where they aren’t as willing. This is in the directory services market. Microsoft has had a lockdown on the market share of directory services for nearly two decades now, and they are not willing to give that up. By moving to a cloud directory, admins gain more flexibility in what solutions they want to use in their infrastructure. This means less Microsoft, and more choice. It’s clear why Microsoft doesn’t want to go that route.
Microsoft does have a cloud platform named Azure® Active Directory, and many IT admins have assumed that Azure AD is the successor to the on-prem Active Directory. However, this is not the case. Azure AD is not cloud AD, and this is even confirmed in a Spiceworks thread by a Microsoft representative. In the thread, he says:
“Azure Active Directory is not designed to be the cloud version of Active Directory. It is not a domain controller or a directory in the cloud that will provide the exact same capabilities with AD. It actually provides many more capabilities in a different way.
That’s why there is no actual “migration” path from Active Directory to Azure Active Directory. You can synchronize your on-premises directories (Active Directory or other) to Azure Active (Read more...)
*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Blog – JumpCloud authored by Jon Griffin. Read the original post at: https://jumpcloud.com/blog/cloud-directory-feature-o365-integration/