The Business Case for the Cloud Directory

IT is more critical to an overall organization than ever before. What used to be seen as just a major drain on costs, is now increasingly being viewed as a strategic asset. Modern organizations are leveraging IT to create a competitive advantage with better information systems, data, and tools. However, using cutting-edge resources comes with management needs. At the core of virtually every modern IT organization is their ability to control access to IT resources. These systems – called identity providers or directory services – have largely been left unchanged over the last two decades. But, as the IT landscape transforms, there is a now a strong business case for the cloud directory.

To fully understand the business case for the cloud directory, we need to take a step back and look at where directory services started.

Directory Services Were Windows-Centric

Two decades ago, identity management hardly generated any attention, even from IT leaders. But, IT admins knew that the main role of an identity management solution was to control access to the network, and that was done through the market leading solution Microsoft® Active Directory® (AD). There weren’t any comparable alternatives, and since most networks were all Windows, there wasn’t really a debate on what approach to take for identity and access control management.

Modern IT is No Longer On-Prem and Windows-Centric

Fast forward to today, and the IT landscape is vastly different. The cloud, remote users, and mobile devices have transformed the way that IT organizations need to build and manage their IT infrastructure. Additionally, they also have to contend with new security concerns, compliance requirements, and critical business requirements. Without a doubt, IT admins have had a tough time growing and scaling their IT infrastructure. Finding solutions that can help them manage their modern IT environment hasn’t been easy either. Part of this has to do with the move away from homogenous environments like those dominated by Microsoft solutions.

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*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Blog – JumpCloud authored by Rajat. Read the original post at: https://jumpcloud.com/blog/the-business-case-for-the-cloud-directory/