Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) enables organizations to improve productivity, strengthen security, enhance system speed, reduce operating costs, and provide more time to work on other, value adding projects (Oracle). It’s not surprising then, that research suggests 94% of workloads and compute instances will be processed in the cloud by 2021 (Cisco). While IaaS providers have removed the burden of managing the hardware and network aspects of a data center, there is still plenty of tasks that are left in the hands of IT organizations. With AWS® having a 62% market share over the IaaS space, many IT admins have a need for the cloud directory feature AWS server management.
Let’s take a look at the server management tasks that are left for IT organizations, and why a cloud directory feature for AWS server management can help.
Plenty of Server Management Tasks Remain with IT
Data centers in the cloud have eliminated many time consuming tasks, but the reality is that even with somebody else’s infrastructure, you still have to manage certain components. For example, AWS is quite explicit that they will manage the infrastructure – network and hardware – but you are responsible for managing the operating system (OS), your applications, and data. You are also responsible for maintaining the security of your infrastructure. Clearly, there is still plenty that IT admins are responsible for with IaaS, and this is why IT organizations need to have a strategy to manage their AWS servers. That strategy needs to account for tasks like managing who can access the servers, keeping them up-to-date, and maintaining security. The challenge is that server management tools haven’t been keeping up with the cloud era.
Difficulties with Server Management Tools
Historically, when the data center was either on-prem or under IT’s sole control, the infrastructure would likely be managed with tools such as Microsoft® Active Directory®, SCCM®, and others. However, these solutions were created for on-prem environments that leveraged mostly Microsoft hardware and software that were based on Windows®. With the data center moving to cloud providers, (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-aws-server-management/