What is Linux® System Management?

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What is Linux® system management? Well, other than a common challenge in the modern office, Linux system management refers to the ability to manage Linux-based systems such as desktops, laptops, and servers. Why is this a challenge? We invite you to continue reading for the answer to this question, and to discover how the JumpCloud® Directory-as-a-Service® platform can help manage Linux systems and more.

Overview of System Management

linux system managementTo understand why Linux system management is a challenge, we need to take a look at the development of the system management space as a whole. Prior to the year 2000, most enterprise systems were on-prem and were based on the Microsoft® Windows® operating system. In fact, the vast majority of IT resources such as systems, applications, files, and networks were Windows-based and on-prem. This enabled IT organizations to leverage Microsoft tools such as SCCM (formerly SMS) to manage their Windows systems, and Active Directory® (AD) to manage their Windows users throughout the network, which was predominantly on-prem. As a result, IT didn’t really need to worry about Linux system management because Linux systems were such a small fraction of the overall network (if they were present at all) that IT could effectively manage them independently.

Traditional Linux System Management

Linux System AuthenticationIn general, managing Linux systems independently was either performed manually on each Linux system, or with configuration automation tools such as Chef, Puppet, Ansible, and Salt, to name a few examples. As mentioned, this approach was certainly effective for a small number of Linux systems. However, the popularity of Linux has exploded since the mid-2000s. In fact, Linux runs 90 percent of the public cloud workload as of 2017, according The Linux Foundation. Linux desktops have also grown in popularity in the workplace. The trouble is this explosion of growth has created a number of challenges with traditional Linux system management methods.

The core challenge with traditional Linux system management in modern environments is that IT admins and DevOps engineers simply don’t have the time or the resources to manage fleets of Linux systems independently. (Read more...)

*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Blog – JumpCloud authored by Vince Lujan. Read the original post at: https://jumpcloud.com/blog/what-is-linux-system-management/

Vince Lujan

Vince is a documentation and blog writer at JumpCloud, the world’s first cloud-based directory service. Vince recently graduated with a degree in professional and technical writing from the University of New Mexico, and enjoys researching new innovations in cloud architecture and infrastructure.

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