Cloud Active Directory

Many businesses are changing how they employee people. They are adopting a hybrid or remote office model, and with this approach a way to control business devices outside the office network needs to be deployed. Taking a cloud active directory approach means that this directory service is “cloud-based” because it operates in the cloud, meaning the information is stored and managed on remote servers instead of being stored locally on individual computers or servers. This allows users to access their accounts and resources from anywhere, using any device with an internet connection.

Cloud Active Directory helps organizations manage user identities and access to various resources in the cloud. It acts as a centralized hub or database where user information, such as usernames, passwords, and permissions, are stored securely. In simple terms, think of Active Directory as a phone book for your organization’s employees. It keeps track of everyone’s names, phone numbers, and other contact details. Similarly, cloud AD serves as a digital directory that holds information about users and their access to different online services, applications, and resources.

With Cloud Active Directory, businesses can have a single place to manage user accounts and access controls for various cloud-based services, such as email, file storage, collaboration tools, and more. It provides a way to organize users into groups, assign different levels of permissions to them, and define policies to control who can access what.

Overall, Cloud Active Directory simplifies user management, enhances security, and enables efficient collaboration within organizations by providing a centralized and secure system for managing user identities and access to cloud-based resources.

On the next episode differences between local AD and cloud AD.

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