How difficult is a cloud Active Directory® (AD) migration? Well, the first challenge in that question emanates from the fact that there really isn’t a cloud AD solution. At first glance, it would appear that Azure® Active Directory is the cloud equivalent of AD, but that isn’t the case. Azure® Active Directory serves as a source of truth for identities for Azure – Microsoft’s Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) offering – as well as Office 365™. In addition to these capabilities, Azure AD acts as a single-sign-on (SSO) provider to web apps. Unfortunately, adoption of Azure AD doesn’t mean you finally get to rid yourself of on-prem AD instances; Azure Active Directory is something extra to manage in addition to on-prem AD.
Cloud Active Directory Alternative
While it may appear that a good solution does not exist, we do have some good news. There exists a cloud Active Directory alternative that makes up the next generation of directory services. Called Directory-as-a-Service®, this cloud identity management platform connects users to their systems (Windows, Mac®, Linux®) web and on-prem applications via SAML and LDAP, cloud and on-prem servers (e.g. AWS, GCP, and on-prem data centers), physical and virtual file servers (NAS appliances, Samba file servers, Box, Google Drive™, etc.), and wired and WiFi networks through RADIUS. Directory-as-a-Service is a true modern identity provider (IdP).
As a next generation IdP, JumpCloud® has made sure to simplify the migration path to the cloud. With step-by-step guides and support to help IT admins navigate through the process of migrating identity management to the cloud, IT organizations can shed their on-prem infrastructure in favor of a cloud Active Directory alternative. Shedding AD results in a lot less to manage and secure. Because Directory-as-a-Service is delivered from the cloud, IT admins can leave the heavy lifting of identity and access management and its accompanying hardware to JumpCloud.
AD Bridge to the Cloud
*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Blog – JumpCloud authored by Ryan Squires. Read the original post at: https://jumpcloud.com/blog/cloud-active-directory-migration/