Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) has revolutionized the way IT organizations do business, and just about every traditional IT resource or solution can be delivered as a cloud-based service. Yet, IT admins still face numerous challenges with managing modern networks, especially with respect to their endpoints (i.e., Windows®, Mac®, Linux®). So, given the convenience and efficiency gains of the SaaS model, it’s no surprise that many IT organizations are searching for a SaaS endpoint management solution.
Endpoint Management Defined
The term, endpoint management, has been used to describe a wide array of products and solutions. However, the traditional view of endpoint management refers to the ability to manage macOS®, Linux, and Windows-based systems. This can include a number of tasks such as changing configurations, administering security policies, and managing functions such as connecting to printers or mapping drives. With that in mind, it’s easy to see that endpoint management is a critical task for IT.
Traditional Endpoint Management
Most IT environments historically have been Windows-based and on-prem. As a result, the IT management tools being leveraged were also focused on Windows. In fact, Microsoft® created an entire generation of IT management solutions for Windows-based resources that were quite powerful. With respect to endpoint management, there were two solutions in particular that had a dramatic impact on IT organizations: Active Directory® and SCCM® (formerly SMS).
Active Directory was designed to manage user access for Windows users, as well as the Windows device itself. This was primarily achieved via GPOs (Group Policy Objects) and, through deep integrations and protocols such as Kerberos, Active Directory and the domain controller could authenticate user access to virtually any on-prem system or application that was Windows-based. SCCM (System Center Configuration Manager), on the other hand, was focused on managing systems. It offered support for tasks such as updating the operating system (OS), installing applications, and controlling and securing Windows endpoints.
Add Mac and Linux Endpoints
However, as IT organizations move to a mixed platform environment, and also shift a great deal of their (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/saas-endpoint-management/