JumpCloud hits AWS marketplace as Apple’s enterprise market grows

Apple’s growing stature in enterprise IT expands just a little more with the news that cross-platform device management company JumpCloud now offers its service through Amazon’s AWS marketplace.

Identity, platform agnosticism, and the future of IT

While this tidbit is probably of most interest to IT administrators running multiple platforms – and certainly to enterprises using AWS – it should also be considered important to Apple’s adventures in the enterprise space, and for all the company’s most loyal users as they watch the Mac maker return to grace in the IT business.

“When it comes to IT, companies want to make it easier to manage all their assets in one place, and that means focusing on identity first,” said Tom Bridge, Chief Product Manager JumpCloud, Apple. “In the past, this meant looking at Windows machines. But that model is no longer applicable.”

It is not applicable, of course, because we no longer exist within the monoculture world of Windows. Modern business environments include iPhones, iPads, Macs, Windows – some businesses even rely on Android devices.

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In the United States at least, Apple clearly has a big advantage. The company has been steadily growing market share even as PC makers see declines.

This is also driving enterprise IT to adopt more platform-neutral services to drive their business, which also favors increased use of cloud services, Bridge said.

Recommending the endpoints

“Today, developers like the cloud, and they like working with the operating system and endpoint hardware that makes them more productive,” he said. “For many, that means combining Apple devices with macOS and iOS for their endpoints alongside using services like AWS.”

Achieving this is an IT administration challenge, requiring companies to implement solutions such as those from Jamf, JumpCloud, Kandji, Addigy, and the growing number of companies that now support Apple-specific multi-platform deployments. These solutions must manage devices, users, and – more than ever – also provide access. (Recall Jamf’s recent move to partner with AWS here.)

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“By having the right approach, you can centrally control access and prevent potential attacks. You can also make it easier to operate and support all those devices over time,” Bridge said. for something — it’s critical to meeting the goals that teams have around their IT.”

JumpCloud allows IT administrators to control user access to AWS resources, manage Amazon Machine Images (AMI) and endpoint devices, and automate IT workflows all within one clear billing flow.

The ‘crazy ones’ usually get through

The most important thing about this story is that it shows how Apple continues to raise its status as a viable solution for business users. Partnerships like these reflect this transformation.

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They also help erase years of misunderstanding within this sector. It shows that Apple devices can be easily integrated into existing infrastructure.

Device management is rapidly becoming more streamlined, with many other options and the opportunity to choose MDM providers that can meet the various needs of the enterprise. And as Apple’s market share continues to rise, this is a sector set for growth.

Overall, I see this as a hat tip to the “Crazy Ones”, who often seem to be the ones who move things forward and change things, as Steve Jobs once said. Because, since that announcement, it looks like that’s exactly what they did.

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