What is a Cloud Directory?

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A good cloud directory is far more than taking an on-premises directory service solution such as Microsoft Active Directory® or OpenLDAP™ and simply moving it to the cloud. It isn’t enough that the environment around directory services has changed; the directory services themselves must change and expand. IT environments are dramatically different than they were when AD and LDAP were initially conceived. A modern directory service should reflect – and respond to – those changes.

The new era of IT computing simply requires a different approach to directory services. Our requirements for a quality cloud directory are below:

A Good Cloud Directory offer Multi-Protocol Support 

Today’s applications and devices connect with a wide variety of protocols. Those can include SSH, SAML, OAuth, Kerberos, and many others. If a modern directory is to solve the needs for organizations today, it will need to support many of these different protocols. 

As IT infrastructure has moved from a homogenous environment to a heterogeneous one, supporting multiple protocols is critical. Conventional directories haven’t been able to keep up. OpenLDAP focuses only on supporting LDAP. AD was built for PCs, plain-and-simple.

A Good Cloud Directory is Location agnostic

A Good Cloud Directory is location agnostic

IT resources today are all over the world. They are not behind the firewall and in fact, the network itself is almost barely behind a firewall. Workers are all over the world and connecting from hotels, remote locations, and even airplanes.  

Directory services need to operate regardless of location and, in fact, leverage the location to increase security perhaps even changing access controls. A new type of network needs to be stitched together for employees and contractors – one that includes the devices, applications, and networks that they need to access without regard to location. 

A Good Cloud Directory offers Cross Platform Support

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

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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