Cloud Directory Services Should be a Priority

Cloud Directory ServicesThe changing IT landscape is driving new initiatives and focus for IT organizations. One area that is foundational for an organization is their identity management strategy. In this post, we discuss why cloud directory services should be a priority in your IT organization, but let’s take a quick look at traditional directory services first.

Traditional Directory Services

heterogenous IT windows mac linuxDirectory services have never been at the top of a CIO’s priority list. In fact, it is unlikely that a CIO or VP of IT has ever spent that much time on this topic. This is typically because the identity provider was likely already in place long before senior IT management was ever hired.

For almost two decades, IT organizations have simply installed Microsoft® Active Directory® (AD) and moved on. This approach made a great deal of sense, given that the IT infrastructure was virtually all Microsoft Windows® and hosted on-prem when AD emerged in 1999. AD worked so well that IT organizations didn’t give their identity and access management strategy much of a thought because it was simply this: use Windows-based IT resources and connect users to them via AD.

That approach worked for a long time, but the IT landscape is shifting and morphing away from Windows-based solutions, leaving IT organizations in uncharted territory. Mac® and Linux® systems are replacing Windows. Infrastructure is moving to cloud providers like AWS® or GCP. G Suite and Office 365 are taking over for on-prem resources like Exchange®, Office®, and Windows Server®. Web applications and non-Windows on-prem applications are also taking over and WiFi is ubiquitous. Even cost-effective Samba file servers and NAS appliances are the data storage solutions of choice. All of these changes are causing massive and fundamental challenges for IT organizations.

Challenges with Traditional Directory Services

Active Directory fails in the cloudActive Directory wasn’t built to manage user access to cloud-based non-Microsoft resources, so IT organizations have had a difficult time creating control, security, and efficiency in their environments.

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*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Blog – JumpCloud authored by Vince Lujan. Read the original post at: https://jumpcloud.com/blog/cloud-directory-services-should-be-a-priority/

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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