As the DevOps methodology takes hold within organizations all over the world, there are a number of implications that IT and ops teams are grappling with – none more critical than identity management. Securely connecting to all of the new types of DevOps focused solutions is a critical part of effectively managing modern IT infrastructure.
This is the question DevOps teams keep asking us:
"Is it possible to unify identity management across all DevOps infrastructure while meeting rigorous standards in security?"
DevOps is fast-moving, platform independent, and forward-thinking by definition. It makes perfect sense that IT and ops personnel would seek out solutions that match their high-expectations for efficiency, compatibility, and security.
The short answer to the question is “Yes” – and we’ll explain that as we share our simple blueprint for “DevOps Identity Management in a Box” below.
DevOps methodology is pushing the boundaries of IT architecture and creating a wealth of new opportunities for IT and DevOps teams.
While there is no doubt that DevOps processes are more than just infrastructure and tools, these solutions have become a core part of implementing the methodology.
Many organizations that are leveraging DevOps are also typically progressive thinking, cloud-forward organizations leveraging a wide variety of cloud-based platforms and providers. It isn’t surprising that DevOps teams are also forward thinking about their IT infrastructure.
The result is that teams want their G Suite or Microsoft Office 365 credentials to also be those that they leverage to access AWS cloud servers (and the IAM console), GitHub, Docker, Jenkins, and much more – a central identity that can be easily provisioned and de-provisioned as needed.
These words are as good as gold for fast-moving DevOps teams. Cross-platform independence is imperative. Efficiency at the onset will save long hours of coding in the long run.
A fully secured identity lays the foundation for a fully secured organization. An insecure identity can undermine the most advanced security measures put into place in the outer circles of organizational security.
Identity security has become the core of IT security.
This is why it is integral that data is stored with deep encryption practices both in transit and when at rest. It is through these types of advanced DevOps security practices that cloud identity management now often exceeds on-prem IAM when it comes to security standards.
Developers and ops engineers often need to spend a great deal of time onboarding/offboarding accounts, or managing SSH keys and MFA tokens for existing users.
The way to remedy this is to unify the management of the identity. Everything the DevOps admin needs to manage should all fit in one “box” (or screen). This is the easy way to connect a single identity across AWS, GitHub, Docker, Jenkins, NewRelic, and much more.
Below, we’ll explain how you can simplify and secure your approach to DevOps with a cross-platform, 100% cloud-based system we call “DevOps Identity Management in a Box.”
It’s no surprise that the best way for DevOps teams to manage their identity management and access issues comes from the cloud.
Many critical DevOps solutions are cloud-based, so it is only logical that their identity management would be designed for the cloud era, from the ground up.
The latest wave of ______-as-a-Service to spur innovation in the world of DevOps is Directory-as-a-Service (DaaS). This cloud-based identity management platform is often considered to be the reimagination of Microsoft Active Directory or LDAP for the DevOps era.
DaaS is automating and simplifying the process of running technical organizations and infrastructure. Admins get elegant identity management – all from one pane of glass.
JumpCloud’s Directory-as-a-Service securely manages and connects user identities to:
DevOps admins achieve centralized control over their users, while stripping away the need to configure and manage infrastructure.
JumpCloud supports LDAP, SSH, SAML 2.0,, RESTful APIs, and RADIUS in order to ensure connectivity with a wide variety of IT resources. Watch our whiteboard video on JumpCloud's protocols and architecture for a deeper understanding.
Directory-as-a-Service is a True Single Sign-On™ platform cutting across systems, applications, infrastructure, and networks.
JumpCloud doesn’t store a plaintext password. All of the data we store is one-way hashed and salted. Unlike many on-prem directories, all data with JumpCloud is encrypted both in transit and at rest, to ensure a breach-resistant security posture. See our security page.
If you would like to learn more about how Directory-as-a-Service can help an organization streamline their DevOps workflows, read this case study of a company that's using JumpCloud to manage hundreds of virtual servers. For more specific questions, drop us a note at [email protected].
JumpCloud®, the first Directory-as-a-Service® (DaaS), is Active Directory® and LDAP reimagined. JumpCloud securely manages and connects employee identities to IT resources including devices, applications, and networks. Try JumpCloud’s cloud-based directory free at JumpCloud.com or contact us at 855.212.3122.
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