The concept of an identity provider in the cloud is one that is relatively new to the market. IT organizations have traditionally seen solely on-prem identity providers, but, as the IT market shifts to the cloud, a new generation of cloud directory services is appearing. This concept is innovative and can seem foreign to admins, but the reality is that there are many benefits to having an identity provider in the cloud. For example, studies show that businesses who take advantage of cloud services grow nearly 20% faster than those who don’t (SkyHigh Networks). That’s a pretty significant rate.
But, growth rate isn’t the only reason an identity provider in the cloud should be considered. There are a plethora of other reasons, and they all begin with the history of the identity provider.
History of the Identity Provider
The identity provider market really came into fruition around twenty years ago with the introduction of Microsoft® Active Directory®. This directory service went on to become the leading market share owner in its respective space, dominating the back end of the office. This came as no surprise either, as Microsoft already owned the front end of the office as well. At its peak, Windows®-based solutions accounted for nearly 97% of computing devices (Forbes). Having another Microsoft product to support your Microsoft systems just made sense. However, we are far from the days of Microsoft’s peak.
Over the ensuing years, the IT landscape and the tools used within it have drastically changed. That 97% device market share that Microsoft once held? It’s only 20% now (Forbes). Windows machines today are often complemented with Mac® and Linux® systems as well. Systems aren’t the only change we’ve seen either. On-prem data centers have been replaced by AWS® and Google Cloud Platform™. Web applications have become far more popular, with over 1400 cloud services in use at the average organization (SkyHigh Networks). File storage has moved away from Windows file servers to solutions like Samba file servers, NAS appliances, (Read more...)
*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Blog – JumpCloud authored by Jon Griffin. Read the original post at: https://jumpcloud.com/blog/identity-provider-in-the-cloud/