Google Cloud Platform™ (GCP) is coming on strong, and they need to because they are sitting in the number three spot with AWS® and Azure® competing for first and second place. As IT admins think about GCP, a common question we hear is, “What is the future of managing Google cloud servers?”
After all, managing user access to cloud servers has proven to be quite the challenge, and managing the systems themselves is no walk in the park either. Let’s take a closer look at these two major components in server management and why IT admins are wondering about their future.
Cloud Server User Management Challenges
Cloud server user management is critical in today’s environment, especially considering all of the highly sensitive data and applications that are typically on a company’s servers. However, managing user access to cloud servers has been challenging because the most widely used identity provider, Microsoft® Active Directory®, wasn’t built to integrate with cloud-based IT resources.
As a result, IT organizations have been using a couple of different methods to manage user access to cloud servers. Some IT admins have put OpenLDAP™ in the cloud with their Google cloud servers, but if you thought leveraging OpenLDAP on-prem was difficult, it’s even more so running it in the cloud. Other IT environments utilize configuration automation solutions such as Chef or Puppet. But, once a team exceeds 30 people, this method’s inefficiencies and complexities start to become too apparent. So, for a long time, there hasn’t really been a clean and elegant way to manage users on Google cloud servers. This is just one side of the problem, though.
Cloud Server System Management Challenges
The other side of the equation is managing the server itself, including updating the system, configurations, and settings. Many organizations have tried leveraging those same configuration automation solutions, like Chef and Puppet for these tasks. These can work with static configurations and settings, but for ad hoc tasks and management, configuration automation solutions can be painful.
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*** 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-google-cloud-servers/