IT admins are looking for ways to save money wherever they can. Of course, sysadmins are smart enough to know that low cost doesn’t always equate to value or represent a viable solution. But, that doesn’t mean IT admins can’t look for a cost-effective Mac® management solution to meet their needs, they just maintain a healthy dose of skepticism when doing so.
A Windows® Past
Historically, IT admins haven’t had to really worry about Macs. There simply weren’t that many to manage. The IT networks of old were largely Windows based and on-prem, so IT management tools such as Microsoft®Active Directory® (MAD or AD) and System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) were the go-to tools to manage those on-prem, Windows-based resources. It made perfect sense, Windows® tools managed Windows systems and software.
The Mac Challenge
But, as Macs started to emerge within the enterprise, AD was challenged. Microsoft wasn’t too eager to integrate with Macs, so a new generation of solution emerged called an identity bridge or directory extension. These solutions were expensive, enterprise-class tools that still required on-prem AD. The result was that AD could be extended to Macs, but at what cost?
Fast forward to present day, and not only are Macs widely used, but other non-Windows platforms such as Linux®, AWS®, G Suite™ and more are staples within IT organizations. So, the question becomes, is there a better, more cost-effective Mac management approach that can also encompass all of these other non-Windows solutions as well? Each of these solutions has similar integration challenges that Macs do, and that is that they require expensive, add-on solutions stacked on top of Active Directory.
Cost-Effective, Full-featured Mac Management
The good news is that a modern take on Active Directory is emerging that is delivered from the cloud and not partial to any one platform. So, this cloud system management platform doesn’t require any add-ons or extensions. The result is that IT organizations can securely manage and connect their users to virtually any of the IT resources they need. And, perhaps (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/cost-effective-mac-management/