Modern IT organizations have their hands full. With mixed platforms, on-prem and cloud-based applications, an array of file storage systems, networks that can span multiple locations, and more, modern IT environments have never been more complex. One challenge that has been causing a lot of friction is how to effectively manage Linux® users and systems. Fortunately, a next generation identity management platform has emerged that can provide Linux management from the cloud.
Why Manage Linux?
It should come as no surprise that IT admins are interested in Linux management from the cloud. After all, 90 percent of the public cloud runs on Linux, according to The Linux Foundation. Linux desktop systems have also gained popularity in the office, and this trend is predicted to continue into the foreseeable future. Modern IT admins need the ability to manage these systems effectively in the workplace, but why are they looking to the cloud for solutions?
Traditional Linux Management
Historically, IT admins have had a few options for managing Linux. One option was to manage Linux systems and users manually on an individual basis. However, this approach was difficult to sustain as more Linux systems and servers (both on-prem and cloud-based) were added to the network. Another option was to leverage configuration automation tools such as Chef, Puppet, Ansible, or Salt. The trouble with this approach was that these tools required highly skilled personnel and a lot of coding to execute designated tasks. These tools also operate independently of the organization’s overall identity management infrastructure, which opens the door for shadow IT and security vulnerabilities. As a last resort, some organizations have even tried to leverage Microsoft® tools like Active Directory® to manage Linux users, but of course, Microsoft makes it difficult to integrate AD with non-Windows platforms without the help of costly third-party add-ons. Clearly, none of the traditional options are ideal for modern Linux management. As a result, IT organizations started to look for solutions that could provide Linux management from the cloud.
Why Manage Linux from the Cloud?
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*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Blog – JumpCloud authored by Vince Lujan. Read the original post at: https://jumpcloud.com/blog/linux-management-from-the-cloud/