The IAM (identity and access management) market is in a state of rapid change. Considering the constant flood of new IT resources, like web applications and Mac systems, it’s not surprising IAM is changing as fast as it is. The challenge is how to connect all of those new IT resources to the age-old identity provider, Microsoft® Active Directory®. One solution many IT admins are turning to is the cloud directory feature AD extension. Also known as an identity bridge, this AD extension is bridging Active Directory with non-Windows IT resources.
To fully understand how helpful a solution like this can be, we need to take a closer look at the changes that are occuring within the IT landscape, and why it has been a challenge for Active Directory to keep up.
Modern IT’s Impact on Active Directory
Over the last decade, the IT landscape has changed dramatically. Instead of an all Windows® network, companies are now leveraging Mac® and Linux® systems, AWS® cloud servers, web applications, cloud and on-prem file storage systems, and WiFi networks. Oh, and let’s not forget mobile users with smartphones.
All of these changes have put tremendous pressure on the legacy identity management solution Active Directory because AD simply wasn’t created to integrate with cloud-based, non-Microsoft resources. AD has been the go-to choice for an identity provider over the last two decades, so Active Directory’s struggles have not gone unnoticed. Some organizations are at a good point where they can completely eliminate AD in favor of a more agnostic, cloud-based directory service. Other organizations aren’t able to completely abandon their on-prem AD infrastructure because it’s too entrenched in their environment. Subsequently, many have started using a new identity management bridge to connect AD identities to non-Windows and cloud IT resources.
The concept is to leverage the cloud directory feature AD extension. This cloud directory feature allows AD to remain the source of truth, while enabling identities to be federated out to non-Windows IT solutions such as Mac and Linux systems, cloud infrastructure, web (Read more...)
*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Blog – JumpCloud authored by Natalie Bluhm. Read the original post at: https://jumpcloud.com/blog/cloud-directory-feature-ad-extension/