Mac Management from the Cloud

Today’s IT environment is more complex than ever. IT admins have their hands full with mixed platforms, web and on-prem applications, a variety of file storage options, and networking that can span different locations. One pain point, in particular, has been how to effectively manage Mac® fleets. Fortunately, the cloud has been able to offer some relief in a number of areas. As a result, many IT admins are interested in Mac management from the cloud.

Why Manage Macs?

Historically, most IT admins have leveraged Microsoft® Active Directory® (AD) to manage Windows®-based IT resources. Of course, this approach made a lot of sense considering that Windows-based IT resources dominated the enterprise prior to the year 2000. Now, though, Macs make up a significant part of any IT network. Consequently, it has become imperative for IT organizations to control Mac users and systems just as they have historically managed Windows machines.

Why Manage Macs from the Cloud?

Mac (and Linux®) endpoints were introduced to the enterprise in the mid-2000s, around the same time as some of the first cloud innovations. Macs offered a number of advantages over Windows systems, and they were highly sought after by end users. The trouble was that IT could not administer Macs with native AD capabilities.

Initially, this meant that Macs generally had to be managed independently, or worse, the responsibility fell to the end user. The latter may very well be an IT admin’s worst nightmare, but these were their options. Fortunately for IT admins, the market was listening, and subsequently spawned a variety of Identity-as-a-Service (IDaaS) solutions to mitigate this challenge. In other words, IDaaS solutions were some of the first Mac management tools to emerge, and they were delivered from the cloud.

First Generation Mac Management

First generation IDaaS solutions were effectively AD add-ons that could provide cloud-based identity federation services. They were basically identity bridges designed to extend AD credentials to non-Windows resources. Naturally, that included Macs, which is why some of the first IDaaS solutions delivered Mac management from the cloud.

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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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