Amazon Web Services® (AWS) has over a million users, and their growth is not showing any signs of slowing down. It’s even expected that cloud data centers will process 94% of workloads and compute instances by 2021. With that projection, it’s important to know how these data centers interact in an IT environment and the best ways to secure them. We know that legacy IT management tools won’t cut it for next generation solutions such as AWS. So, what is the future of managing AWS servers?
The good news is that there is a next generation IT management solution from the cloud that is delivering deep control over AWS cloud servers. It’s called JumpCloud® Directory-as-a-Service®, and it’s not just centralizing management for AWS servers, but also systems, applications, file storage, and networks. Before we get into that, though, we need to provide some context and look at why legacy IT management tools are antiquated.
Legacy Server Management
Historically, on-prem data centers were largely controlled with Microsoft®-based solutions such as Active Directory® and SCCM® (formerly known as SMS). These solutions would enable IT admins to control access to their Windows Servers® and manage the servers themselves. This made a great deal of sense when the IT world was largely Windows-based and on-prem. However, as the platforms and locations of server infrastructure have changed, so has the way that IT admins are managing them.
The Challenges and Future of Managing AWS Servers
While Linux servers in the cloud have become more popular with IT organizations, the challenges of managing them have increased. Today’s IT infrastructure is often based on autoscaled environments, Docker containers, and Kubernetes for management. Next generation DevOps tools such as Jenkins, GitHub, Atlassian, and many others are being leveraged as part of the overall IT infrastructure as well. Even Windows servers are quite popular at AWS, which places pressure on traditional solutions such as AD and SCCM because of their remote nature.
*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Blog – JumpCloud authored by Natalie Bluhm. Read the original post at: https://jumpcloud.com/blog/future-of-managing-aws-servers/