Is There an Open Source Active Directory?

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Microsoft® Active Directory® is one of the most popular IT management tools on the planet. However, the IT landscape has significantly changed since Active Directory was built. So, IT admins are wondering, “Is there an open source Active Directory alternative?” Afterall, it would be highly advantageous if they could modify an open source identity provider and adapt it to work in their cloud-forward, modern environment.

The answer is that there is a solution that’s even better than an open source Active Directory alternative, called JumpCloud® Directory-as-a-Service®. It’s not open source, but it does integrate with virtually any IT resource regardless of the location, protocol, platform, and provider. To better understand why this might be the solution modern IT organizations are looking for, let’s take a closer look at the problems many face with Active Directory. Then we’ll also discuss why open source alternatives don’t necessarily address the challenges IT admins are interested in solving.

The Rise and Decline of Active Directory

active directory alternativeMicrosoft’s AD platform became the leading identity and access management solution in part because of Microsoft’s dominance with the Windows® operating system. Most organizations were Windows based and on-prem at the time AD was introduced in 1999. So, it made sense that a user management system tightly tied to Windows would benefit IT organizations.

Over the years, however, the IT landscape started to shift. Web applications started to become more popular. AWS® introduced cloud servers and infrastructure solutions effectively eliminating the on-prem data center. File storage started to shift to cloud solutions such as Dropbox and Box as well as on-prem NAS appliances and Samba file servers.

These changes and many others are driving IT organizations to search for alternatives to Active Directory. This is because AD wasn’t built to manage user access to non-Windows, cloud-based resources. The average organization uses approximately 1,427 cloud services, so not being able to properly manage user access to this many resources has been a major headache for IT admins. They have either had to employ multiple add-on solutions, manually manage user access, or not (Read more...)

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Natalie Bluhm

Natalie is a writer for JumpCloud, an Identity and Access Management solution designed for the cloud era. Natalie graduated with a degree in professional and technical writing, and she loves learning about cloud infrastructure, identity security, and IT protocols.

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