Is Azure® Active Directory® Domain Services (Azure AD DS) the future of AD DS (Active Directory Domain Services)? The short answer is no, but in this piece we will discuss what the future holds in store for Microsoft®’s identity and access management approach.
When AD DS Made Sense
AD DS has been a mainstay in networks for many years because Active Directory has been the on-prem identity provider of choice for Microsoft-focused networks. When you factor in the reality that Microsoft owned the OS and application space with Windows® and Office, it’s easy to understand how they came to be the leading identity management solution. After all, if your IT environment consisted of mostly Windows IT resources, why wouldn’t you leverage AD DS, the very tool made to control user access to them?
Also, control was just one benefit of using Active Directory Domain Services. It also created an easier workflow for end users. Users would simply enter their credentials into their Windows laptop or desktop, and they would be automatically connected to whatever on-prem Windows-based resources they were entitled to. The process was seamless—until it wasn’t.
The Impact of Change on AD DS
Around the early 2000s, the IT landscape shifted to mixed platform environments and to the cloud, so the concept of an on-prem domain has been slowly breaking down. In particular, IT organizations have been struggling to securely connect users to IT resources such as macOS® and Linux® machines, AWS® or GCP™ cloud infrastructure, web applications, and more.
To remain competitive, Microsoft did release their own cloud computing service, called Azure. They’ve also introduced a solution to manage user access to resources hosted on Azure, called Azure Active Directory, and Azure AD DS is part of the Azure Active Directory platform. With these new options, many can’t help but wonder if Azure AD DS is the future of AD DS. Will Azure AD DS be the solution they need to manage their cross-platform, cloud-forward environments?
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