Over the last few years, the cloud has proven itself to be a worthy ally among IT organizations. According to Suse, cloud resources improve efficiency, consolidation, productivity, and reduce costs. One IT component that has greatly benefited IT admins is cloud system management. What is cloud system management, exactly? How is it different from legacy system management solutions? What level of control can it provide over systems?
With any new solution, these are exactly the kinds of questions you want to be asking.
Before we answer them, though, let’s take a look at how systems were managed in the past.
System Management in the Past
In the past, system management was simpler because Microsoft® Windows® systems monopolized the workforce. Microsoft Windows’ popularity was so widespread, that it ended up dictating what IT resources IT admins would allow in their environment for two decades. How did this happen? Well, it all started with the personal computer.
A Brief History of Computers and Microsoft Windows
While computer systems have been a part of the workforce since the 1930s, it took the creation of the personal computer (PC) in the 1970’s for them to really take off as a productivity tool in the workplace. Around the same time that the use of personal computers exploded, Microsoft released their first graphical user interface (GUI) for Microsoft PCs – the Windows Operating System. Technically, Apple® was the first to release an affordable computer based off of a GUI, but there were a lot more Windows PC manufacturers, which drove the price of PCs down. As a result, organizations ended up preferring to purchase Windows PCs over Mac systems for their employees. This led to Microsoft having an 86% market share in the desktop OS space by the time the late 1990s rolled around.
How IT Admins Managed Windows Systems
As Windows systems took off, Microsoft released SMS, now called the System Center Configuration Manager® (SCCM), and then Active Directory® (AD). Together, these solutions allowed IT admins to efficiently manage Windows systems and users, and user access (Read more...)
*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Blog – JumpCloud authored by Natalie Bluhm. Read the original post at: https://jumpcloud.com/blog/cloud-system-management/