Are you getting by without a directory like Active Directory or LDAP? Maybe you are manually provisioning users on devices, for your cloud servers, or SaaS applications. Or, perhaps you have scripted a solution. Legacy directories such as AD and LDAP are difficult to implement and manage. However, user directories systematically and securely connect your users to their devices and the IT resources they need. This increases security while decreasing your level of effort.
Nobody really considers implementing and managing Microsoft Active Directory and LDAP easy. Nor are they complete solutions for an era where cloud infrastructure, Macs, and web applications are mainstays. IT admins are forced to jump through hoops to connect all of their users and IT resources together. And, spend significant amounts of time and effort. JumpCloud’s Directory-as-a-Service solution is a cloud-based directory services replacement for AD and LDAP. IT admins avoid the heavy lifting of managing a legacy, on-premise directory and have a cross-platform solution that can manage their heterogeneous device environment, IaaS, and SaaS-based Web applications.
Infrastructure-as-a-Service has changed the game. Organizations are outsourcing their data centers to cloud providers. Most organizations manually manage their cloud server users creating extra work and the chance for catastrophic security errors. JumpCloud automates this manual cloud server user management problem. IT admins can leverage JumpCloud as the central directory for their cloud servers or bridge to their on-premise directory (e.g. AD). JumpCloud securely and efficiently manages cloud server users.
A critical part of a directory is the ability to manage devices. Legacy directories like Active Directory allow IT admins to execute tasks on Windows devices through Group Policy Objects (GPOs). These tasks can include enforcing password rotation or complexity, updating registry settings, or connection to network resources among others. JumpCloud’s Directory-as-a-Service takes the concept of device management to the next level. IT admins can execute simple or complex tasks on their Windows, Mac, or Linux devices. Tasks can be executed ad hoc, scheduled, or even triggered based on an input. JumpCloud provides full results from the task execution.
Web-based applications are a critical part of any organization today. Connecting users to those SaaS-based applications is critical. And, even more critical is ensuring that your users can leverage their existing credentials into these applications. Single sign-on capabilities are a critical extension for a modern directory. JumpCloud handles single sign-on for key SaaS applications such as AWS, Google Apps, and Salesforce. JumpCloud supports the authentication of user credentials to SaaS-based applications via the standard SAML protocol.