It is still a little amazing to think about how prevalent Macs® have become in IT organizations. In just a few short years, Macs went from being the new laptop that users loved and IT frowned upon, to being a mainstay device found in organizations everywhere. And, that trend is only growing. The dominance that Microsoft® Windows® based machines used to have over the entire business world is long gone. Today, IT admins need to be able to control and manage their Mac users and systems just as well as their Windows users and systems (Linux® too). But what is the best way to ensure this control? The answer is simple: enterprise Mac endpoint management in the cloud.
There’s a new centralized identity management solution emerging called JumpCloud® Directory-as-a-Service® (DaaS), and this platform is giving admins the enterprise Mac endpoint management in the cloud that they have been looking for and more. But before we look at this new solution, let’s look closer at the reasons a cloud-based Mac management solution is even needed.
Macs Were Left Behind
When you step back and take a look at how the market evolved, you can see why Macs were largely shut out of enterprises early on. Microsoft Windows systems quickly became dominant because of their open nature to developers and their large application base. They were easy to work with, and had plenty of tools for users very early on. But, that wasn’t the only reason it was preferred by IT admins.
Microsoft made a brilliant move when it created management tools surrounding the Windows ecosystem. These tools made it easier for IT organizations to keep control over their network, and as a result, they became a favorite of IT admins. The main tools in this space were Microsoft Active Directory®, and SCCM (System Center Configuration Manager). Active Directory was used to manage user access to Windows systems and applications (and even the network with the domain controller). Then, SCCM (formerly known as SMS) would manage the systems and infrastructure. Combined, these tools provided (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/enterprise-mac-endpoint-management-in-the-cloud/