Free Cloud Active Directory®

Free Cloud Active Directory®

Is there a free cloud Active Directory® alternative? Well, while it may not be free for an unlimited number of users, JumpCloud® Directory-as-a-Service® is free for 10 users, forever. JumpCloud Directory-as-a-Service is reimagining Active Directory for the cloud era. It is completely free to get started with, and only when you need to expand your user base do you need to begin a commercial relationship. But how is JumpCloud Directory-as-a-Service a free cloud Active Directory alternative? Let’s find out.

Microsoft® Active Directory: The MAD KingMicrosoft Active Directory

Microsoft® Active Directory (MAD or AD) was created almost 20 years ago and is the market share leader for connecting users to the Windows® IT resources they need. In those days, Microsoft was essentially the king of the computer world, with software solutions like Exchange®, Office®, and Outlook® that ruled the workplace. Given that the traditional IT network was Windows-centric, MAD became the standard quickly and is still widely used today.

Eventually, something began to stir among the IT masses. A new technology rose up through the ranks, changing the way the industry looked at… well, everything—the cloud. Using the cloud, IT resources could be leveraged from the web, and on-prem solutions seemed to become more of a hindrance than a help. As a result, Microsoft’s rule started to look a little precarious.

Coup de Cloud

coup de cloud

See, the challenge for modern IT organizations is that as the IT landscape continues to shift to the cloud, their on-prem identity provider, Active Directory, is struggling to adapt. With the influx of cloud-based IT solutions, like AWS® for infrastructure or G Suite™ for productivity, it becomes harder and harder for MAD to manage user access. MAD was designed for controlling on-prem, Windows-based resources, so, to MAD, the variety of cloud IT solutions are as hard to grasp as their namesake. Not only that, an increasingly mixed platform environment, with Mac, Linux, and mobile devices, are challenging MAD as well.

Active Directory needs to find a way to rein in the errant cloud-based applications. This brought (Read more...)

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Zach DeMeyer

Zach DeMeyer

Zach is a writer and researcher for JumpCloud with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines. He loves being on the cutting edge of new technology, and when he's not working, he enjoys all things outdoors, making music, and soccer.

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