Serverless. It’s a word that’s met with a mix of joy and caution. Some believe serverless computing is the way of the future, a godsend of the modern era. Others, however, view serverless computing as just another way to offer up more sensitive data to be compromised by bad actors. Either way, the possibility of a serverless directory for IT admins is intriguing, and it’s closer than you think.
What Does Serverless Even Mean?
“But Zach,” you may ask, “don’t all softwares have to be on a server to even run?” Well, while the term “serverless” implies not having a server, it really means not having a server on-prem. “So, it’s not really serverless then.” Correct. Although software is ultimately run on a server somewhere (or perhaps more accurately, code is executed by a processor somewhere), by being “serverless,” IT organizations don’t need to implement and manage the servers themselves.
Creating a serverless environment makes the lives and work of IT admins considerably easier. With a serverless approach, the heavy lifting of creating an on-prem server instance and the leg work of managing infrastructure can be shifted to a provider. This approach has taken hold in a number of areas in IT, but one that is still novel to the industry is the idea of a serverless directory.
Serverless Identity and Access Management?
The identity management market has largely been an on-prem category, which has been especially true for the directory/identity provider (IdP). This is largely due to the fact that the traditional identity provider of choice, Microsoft® Active Directory® (AD), has been based solely on-prem for almost two decades now. While useful back in the day, today’s IT world is increasingly cloud-based. Add-ons and patches to the identity provider, such as web application single sign-on (SSO), have helped to bridge the gap to the cloud, but the core directory has yet to actually make the switch.
Shifting to a cloud directory is an idea that comes with some trepidation. After all, why would you want to take something that’s been so deeply rooted on-prem and (Read more...)