As more Macs® are introduced into the enterprise, and more IT management tools move to the cloud, it’s no wonder that so many IT admins are searching for solutions that can deliver Mac management as a service. Macs are now a significant part of any IT infrastructure. Yet, there are few IT management tools that do a great job with managing Mac users and systems in addition to everything else an IT organization needs.
This blog post discusses a new Mac management solution called JumpCloud® Directory-as-a-Service® that can not only deliver Mac management as a service, but securely manage and connect users to virtually any IT resource from the cloud. First, though, let’s take a look at some of the traditional challenges that have led to this point.
Traditional Mac Management Challenges
A key part of the reason that IT organizations were historically resistant to Mac (and Linux® devices for that matter) was not because they didn’t like the platform, but because they didn’t have the management tools to control and secure these non-Windows platforms. Of course, this was because Microsoft® Windows® was the dominant platform for so many years that a whole ecosystem of IT management solutions had been created to manage the infrastructure. In fact, Microsoft may have created some of the best management tools for Windows-based networks with Active Directory® (AD) and SCCM™ (formerly known as SMS).
Active Directory in particular would go on to become one of the most popular Microsoft solutions on the planet. AD ensured that IT organizations could tightly manage user access to Windows based systems and applications. Additionally, a key feature of the AD platform, called GPOs, would help IT admins control and secure the systems themselves. Of course, AD didn’t work nearly as well with Mac or Linux machines (and users), but this wasn’t initially an issue due to the dominance of Microsoft IT solutions around the new millenium.
But, the market was talking. Mac and Linux machines were becoming more and more popular. IT admins had to figure out a way (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/mac-management-as-a-service/