Next Generation Microsoft® Active Directory®

Next Generation Active Directory

The cloud directory service market is “crossing the chasm” of the Roger’s technology adoption bell curve. As more IT organizations learn of the merit of the cloud directory, a question hits the lips of their IT admins: Is there a next generation Microsoft® Active Directory® (AD) solution available on the market today? The traditional identity provider (IdP), AD, has dominated the market for decades, but with the shift of IT to the cloud, the on-prem directory has become outdated.

Why Replace Active Directory®?

Replace Active Directory Microsoft

So what would the next generation of Active Directory be? Microsoft would perhaps have you believe the next generation of AD is Azure® Active Directory®. Of course, it’s best to first understand why IT organizations would want to replace their AD instance with a next generation solution. Almost two decades ago, Microsoft introduced Active Directory to tie and bind all of their Windows®-focused resources together. IT admins would have one place to provision, deprovision, and modify user access to Windows-based systems, applications, and networks. The move was brilliant, and reinforced Microsoft’s dominance. New resources hit the scene, however, challenging AD’s lofty spot.


As the IT landscape started to shift cloudward, Microsoft started to face pressure from AWS®, Google® G Suite™, Linux® and Apple® macOS®. The Active Directory approach started to breakdown in the face of cloud-based and non-Windows resources. IT admins were forced to build on top of their AD instances with identity bridges, web application single sign-on, privileged identity management, and more to connect users to non-Windows resources.

Next Generation Active Directory in the Cloud

Next Gen AD

With mounting pressure from these mega corporations, Microsoft hit back with Azure cloud services. Office moved to the cloud as Office 365™. Windows Server could now be hosted in the cloud. And, Active Directory would shift to Azure AD. Or would it? Unfortunately, Microsoft wasn’t willing to give up its dominant position with AD for a cloud directory service—even with its own cloud offering. Further, Microsoft still wasn’t interested in enabling non-Windows resources, such as macOS (Read more...)

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Zach DeMeyer

Zach DeMeyer

Zach is a writer and researcher for JumpCloud with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines. He loves being on the cutting edge of new technology, and when he's not working, he enjoys all things outdoors, making music, and soccer.

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