IT admins know that endpoint management is critical in the modern enterprise. The challenge has been that traditional endpoint management tools have historically focused on Microsoft® Windows® based systems. Yet, modern system environments include Windows, Mac®, and Linux®. Add to that, the fact that many IT organizations want to eliminate their on-prem identity management infrastructure altogether, and it’s easy to understand why so many IT admins want to implement a cloud endpoint management alternative.
This blog post discusses a new cloud endpoint management alternative, called JumpCloud® Directory-as-a-Service®, that can seamlessly manage disparate endpoints and their users from the cloud. However, we should describe traditional endpoint management tools first.
Traditional Endpoint Management Tools
As previously noted, traditional endpoint management tools have generally been tailored for Windows-based endpoints. Of course, historically, this has made a lot of sense because Windows-based endpoints made up the vast majority of enterprise networks. As a result, Microsoft endpoint management solutions such as SCCM™ (formerly SMS) and Active Directory® (AD) were effectively the only endpoint management tools required to manage enterprise systems.
Active Directory has been especially popular with IT organizations, primarily due to how easy it is to deploy Group Policy Objects (GPOs). GPOs enable IT admins to manage policies on Windows-based endpoints remotely by checking off a few boxes in the AD admin portal. The key advantage is that GPOs allow IT admins to manage fleets of Windows-based endpoints from one centralized identity and access management (IAM) solution. Otherwise, IT would have to administer systems locally and on an individual basis.
Obviously, GPOs and Active Directory offered a huge advantage for IT organizations – especially in the early days. However, IT admins know all too well that endpoint management with AD isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. The main issue is that modern system environments are heterogeneous. In other words, they include Windows, Mac, and Linux endpoints. Yet, not surprisingly, Microsoft is mostly interested in providing support for Windows.
Of course, there are plenty of third-party add-ons that can integrate with on-prem directory (Read more...)
*** 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-endpoint-management-alternative/