Justifying Moving Directory Services to the Cloud

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As the IT landscape changes and shifts, there’s been a migration to the cloud. However, not all IT management tools have made the shift to the cloud. Directory services, for example, has been one of the last IT management categories to make the jump for a number of reasons, primarily security concerns and functionality requirements. Recently, however, a leading analyst firm, Stack Analysis, made the case for justifying moving directory services to the cloud. But, before we outline the advantages of next generation cloud directory services, let’s discuss traditional directory services at a high level.

Traditional Directory Servicesdirectory service solutions

Historically, identities have been stored on-prem, primarily within Microsoft®’s identity provider, Active Directory® (also known as MAD or AD). Active Directory was introduced in 1999. It’s an on-prem directory services platform that offers management capabilities for Windows®-based  systems, applications, files, and networks. When AD was released, virtually all IT resources were on-prem and Windows-based. As a result, AD was effectively the only management tool required.

Of course, today, the IT landscape looks very different. Not only are many IT resources delivered from the cloud, but we’ve begun to see a shift away from Windows®-based systems and applications, which is causing IT admins a great deal of trouble as well. Yet, even though there has been significant changes in networks, IT admins are still leveraging Active Directory, and a number of patch-on solutions built on top of AD, to solve their IAM problems. Obviously, this approach is far from ideal. And, the fact that identity security is now a primary concern for IT admins makes it easy to understand why IT organizations are rethinking the on-prem identity management approach.

Wanted: Greater Identity Management Control

According to Stack Analysis, modern IT organizations are demanding greater control, efficiency, and security. This, of course, makes a great deal of sense when IT admins are faced with heterogeneous environments, limited resources, and constant attacks (in Verizon®  2018 Data Breach Release Report, there were 53,000 incidences with 2,216 confirmed data breaches). The result is that IT organizations are (Read more...)

*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Blog – JumpCloud authored by Katelyn McWilliams. Read the original post at: https://jumpcloud.com/blog/move-directory-services-cloud/