It seems like virtually every organization on the planet uses Microsoft® Active Directory® (AD) as the core of their identity management. But, as IT organizations continue to shift their infrastructure to the cloud, many admins are left wondering how to maximize the ROI of AD in a cloud world.
Invested in Active Directory
Given Active Directory’s popularity, many companies have a tremendous investment in the Microsoft directory service. At the same time, these organizations are also interested in leveraging cloud infrastructure through AWS® and others: web applications from Salesforce®, Github, Slack, and thousands more; plus macOS® and Linux® systems. Of course, AD is optimized for all things Windows and on-prem, but it struggles to connect users to these non-Windows and cloud-based resources.
One may be led to think that organizations could simply seek out an alternative to Active Directory to make up for these drawbacks. For many companies, however, replacing AD is simply out of the question.
So, IT organizations have had to increase their AD investments with other solutions to make up for these shortcomings. Admins have turned to a handful of add-on tools to do so: web application single sign-on (SSO), privileged access management (PAM), identity bridges, governance solutions, and more.
Adding this plethora of solutions to the infrastructure, while beneficial, comes with increased costs and complex integrations, all of which deepen ties to on-prem IT management infrastructure. None of these are truly ideal for modern IT organizations, and they ultimately reduce the ROI of AD as a whole.
Maximizing the ROI of AD with the Cloud
As a result, many IT admins are searching for the next generation of identity and access management (IAM) solutions. By leveraging a single IAM solution from the cloud, organizations hope to reduce much of the costs and overhead involved with using a handful of point solutions.
This way, AD remains at the core of identity management and IT admins aren’t forced to redo the foundation of their IT infrastructure. Rather, they can extend its identities to all of the cloud, not just (Read more…)