Why Use Directory-as-a-Service®?


With so many new technologies hitting the market and IT becoming a much more critical part of every organization, business owners and executives want to evaluate the bottom line, weighing why different solutions are valuable to their organization. Often, these novel solutions are described with buzzwords or technical terms that are difficult to understand and even harder to parse for their business value. In this article, we’ll discuss why organizations use Directory-as-a-Service®.

It’s best, when evaluating Directory-as-a-Service, to first understand directory services as a whole. These IT solutions have been in the enterprise for a long while, but have recently been disrupted by cloud apps and infrastructure. Let’s explore their value together.

The Value of the Directory Service

The definition of a directory service is a technology that securely manages and connects user to their IT resources including systems, applications, files, and networks generally without regard to platform, protocol, provider, and location. In short, it is the central command center that allows users to connect to what they need and are entitled to. The concept of directory services isn’t new, but it is critical for any organization trying to enable and empower their employees and contractors to Make Work Happen™.

The value for any organization of a directory service is to enable the workforce to leverage the best technology possible and allow them to use that without friction or frustration. The directory solution, also often called an identity provider (IdP), is also critical to IT security/compliance. Overall, the directory service acts as a source of operational efficiency for the IT organization.

Directories, Past: Active Directory®

Traditionally, the directory service has been provided by Microsoft® with their directory solution, called Active Directory® (or AD). AD made a great deal of sense in the early days of modern IT, when the network was almost exclusively Windows®-based and on-prem. Of course, since it was built around Microsoft’s proprietary OS, AD went together with Windows systems and apps like bread and butter.

Change swept over the IT landscape, and innovations led by the cloud revolutionized the way IT (Read more...)

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

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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