Comparing JumpCloud® vs Active Directory®

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Historically, Microsoft® Active Directory® (MAD or AD) has been just about the only directory service that organizations have used. Now, however, IT admins are comparing JumpCloud® vs Active Directory. Because IT admins realize a lot of their resources are shifting to the cloud, they’re curious to see how JumpCloud Directory-as-a-Service® can benefit them.

Challenging the Established Leader

Knight Chess PieceOver the last several years, JumpCloud has emerged as a leading alternative to the classic, on-prem Active Directory platform. There are a number of reasons that this AD replacement is challenging the status quo. One of the biggest reasons is that IT admins value the agility that a completely cloud-forward solution provides them and their organization. Admins also want individual users to have a single identity instead of a multitude of credentials to keep up with.

Directory Needs and Considerations

ClipboardUltimately, though, a look at JumpCloud vs Active Directory for IT organizations should center on their needs. Those requirements, aside from what’s outlined above, can include some of the following key areas:

  • Platform support: Is the ability to manage multiple operating systems (Windows®, macOS, and Linux) with ease in a heterogeneous environment important to you?
  • Cloud and web IT resources: Do you value the ability integrate one single identity to a multitude of web services and infrastructure including: G Suite, Office 365, Salesforce®, DocuSign, ZenDesk, Amazon Web Services® (AWS®), Google Compute Engine (GCE), Azure®, and many more?
  • Management and maintenance: Have you grown weary of managing an on-prem AD implementation and its add-ons, identity bridges, and more?

The above listed topics are among the critical areas to evaluate, so it’s important to get a handle on them before you make a decision.

Delivery Methods

yellow carOf course, there is also the consideration of the differing business models. Active Directory is delivered as a software solution via Windows Server which will require organizations to manage the solution themselves. Additional services like Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) require admins to set up an additional server (Read more...)

*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Blog – JumpCloud authored by Ryan Squires. Read the original post at: https://jumpcloud.com/blog/jumpcloud-active-directory-comparison/