With virtually every IT organization on the planet utilizing Macs®, it is no wonder that IT organizations are searching for Mac management solutions. The challenge has been finding a Mac management solution that also works for Windows® and Linux® too. Fortunately, that’s all in the past now that the JumpCloud® Directory-as-a-Service® platform has come to market. We’ll explain why in this blog post, but we should offer some context first.
Traditional System Management Solutions
The concept of system management is nothing new in IT. In fact, IT admins have always needed the ability to manage access to enterprise devices. For many years, IT admins have been able to rely on Microsoft® IT management tools such as Active Directory® (AD) and SCCM (formerly SMS) to manage Windows systems. Of course, this made a great deal of sense given that IT environments have historically revolved around the Windows operating system.
Challenges with Mac Management
Naturally, Microsoft tools worked great in Windows-centric IT environments – especially when it was all on-prem. The trouble is this homogeneous approach is effectively impossible to achieve in the modern enterprise. Macs and Linux systems are now a significant part of the IT infrastructure in organizations all over the world. Not only that, but analysts expect the enterprise use of Macs to expand substantially in the near future as more millennials join the workforce.
Why IT Admins Are Concerned
The increasing popularity of Apple® products in the enterprise has IT admins worried because they know that connecting Macs to an on-prem Active Directory instance can be quite painful. An identity bridge is required in many instances, which ends up putting more hardware and software on-prem along with having yet another component to manage. To be fair, there are enterprise Mac management solutions available, but these are often focused on Macs just like AD is for Windows. As a result, IT admins often need to keep solutions such as SCCM or Intune® in addition to their Mac management solutions. This just ends up piling onto IT’s workload by (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-solutions-2/