As the rise of cloud directory services have aided IT admins in a multitude of ways, there begs the question: what is the top cloud directory service? Here we’ll dive into key requirements for the top cloud directory services to aid you in finding the best IdP (identity provider) to fit your IT infrastructure.
What is a Directory Service?
Before we anoint the top cloud directory service, let’s dive into understanding what role this important component plays within your IT infrastructure.
At its most basic, directory services, also often referred to as identity providers, connect users to important IT resources (like files, servers, networks, and applications) that they need to access. Directory services also store information about users, groups, systems, networks, applications, etc. (often called “attributes”), so that admins can more holistically control and manage users, key information about those users, and their access to an organization’s infrastructure.
The Cloud-based Directory Service
For years, Microsoft® Active Directory® (AD) was the dominant directory service used throughout the IT landscape. However, more recently IT admins have begun to shift away from typical, on-prem directory services that could not cater to the growing need for a unified, yet heterogeneous, computing environment. With the adoption of the cloud in the IT scene, vendors began to introduce cloud directory services, bringing forth the ability to manage disparate identities from one centralized location. But what qualifies a cloud directory service to be better than all the rest?
Connect to a Wide Range of IT Resources
The top cloud directory service should be able to connect a user to a variety of IT resources, both on-prem and in the cloud. The center of a cloud-based directory service should be the user’s identity, and that directory should be able to connect that user to all systems (like macOS® and Linux®), web and on-prem applications, physical and virtual file servers, on-prem and cloud infrastructure, and VPN and WiFi networks among other IT resources.
A cloud-based directory needs to be flexible in its approach, allowing for effectively True Single Sign-On – one secure identity to (Read more...)
*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Blog – JumpCloud authored by Kayla Coco-Stotts. Read the original post at: https://jumpcloud.com/blog/top-cloud-directory-service/