JumpCloud wants to move your directory services to the cloud

Companies are moving servers, applications, and data to the cloud to take advantage of the increased resiliency, availability, and scalability–it only makes sense to move directory services to the cloud as well.

JumpCloud launched a new Directory-as-a-Service (DaaS) offering to enable customers to take advantage of all of those same cloud benefits for managing directory services.  I wrote about the new service from JumpCloud in this blog post:

The cloud is a great equalizer that enables startups and smaller companies to scale quickly, and play on a more or less even playing field with larger organizations. Managed cloud services free businesses up from implementing, configuring, and maintaining the underlying infrastructure, and allow individuals to focus on the business. With all of the freedom cloud services provide, though, there is still a need for a directory service that defines who the users are, and controls which individuals have access to which resources. JumpCloud wants to move that to the cloud as well.

JumpCloud has established itself as a leading solution for managing security across a vast, rapidly-changing, virtual ecosystem in the cloud. Today, JumpCloud is announcing a new offering that takes builds on that foundation, and applies its experience to deliver Directory-as-a-Service (DaaS). JumpCloud claims its new service will allow organizations to stop managing directory services locally, and enable them to move to a fully-managed, cloud-based alternative to LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol) or Microsoft AD (Active Directory).

“As we have seen with the transitions from Siebel to SalesForce, Exchange to Gmail, and file servers to DropBox, JumpCloud is enabling the transition of one of the last on-premise technologies to a fully managed service: the user directory,” says Rajat Bhargava, JumpCloud’s President and CEO in a press release statement. “Directory-as-a-Service brings IT teams the simplicity, ubiquity, and security of user and device management, all from the cloud.”

The JumpCloud DaaS services can act as the sole user store for an organization, or it can extend existing AD or LDAP user stores to the cloud. JumpCloud DaaS also integrates with single sign-on (SSO) providers so that IT admins are not forced to manage multiple directories.

Click here to read the complete story on DevOps.com: JumpCloud offers new Directory-as-a-Service offering.

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