[This article was orignally written by Andrew Sober.]
LDAP has proved its usefulness time and again in IT organizations all over the world and thoroughly cemented its status as a go-to directory solution. However, as the IT landscape has evolved, LDAP’s framework is becoming more and more dated. The culminating complexity of the cloud, BYOD, and all the associated security concerns means one thing: LDAP is only getting heavier. In this environment talented system administrators need to dedicate large portions of their time to manually managing LDAP from the command line level. And that task isn’t for the faint of heart, it requires both deep technical expertise and a big time commitment.
We’ve put together a guide detailing the issues that come from using a LDAP solution in the modern day IT environment. Among others, device support, security, ID synchronization, and cloud based hosting all throw a wrench in the LDAP equation that has worked so well for so long. Some areas system admins must deal with in their user directory structure are outlined below.
When a LDAP Solution gets Heavy
With new high-profile breaches topping newspaper headlines all too often, security must be top of mind for all companies doing business on the web. Compromised employee credentials remain the #1 risk for a security breach, and the problem for security folks nowadays is that there has never been a greater surface area they must protect. Employees often bring their own device (or devices) and need access to cloud-based server infrastructure, or cloud-based apps. This is a common scenario in the modern workplace, and the cause of many headaches for security pros managing everything manually through LDAP. But, providing a central directory in a highly distributed world doesn’t have to hurt, JumpCloud makes it easy.
A user management directory has to remain a 100% uptime service. As any sysadmin who has been on the wrong side of an outage knows, no directory means nobody can connect to their services, and the organization grinds to a halt. Admins then have to put on their firefighting helmets and put in as much time as it takes to restore service. Managing your directory on premise can be a real pain. Thankfully robust SaaS based solutions build uptime and availability SLAs into their business models. And so both the onus and cost of 100% uptime rest firmly on the shoulders of cloud providers, rather than the organizations using their services.
Get the Guide to SaaS-based LDAP
Those are just a couple of the issue areas our guide explores, we’ve only just scratched the surface in this post. For all the details, click here to download our guide, and if you want to try out JumpCloud’s powerful hosted LDAP solution for yourself, spin up a free 30-day trial.