Cloud IAM Feature — Google Cloud Identity

Written by Brandon White on October 23, 2020

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Google has an eye on the enterprise, reflected in its product decisions in recent years. Google started by offering enterprise email, but the company has slowly branched out into other aspects of the enterprise ecosystem. They focused on hardware with Chromebooks. They expanded Google Docs and Sheets into the ecosystem of Google Workspace™ to become a robust Microsoft 365™ competitor. Even tools like Shared Drives are becoming a popular way for organizations to share files instead of using traditional Microsoft Server tools for file sharing. Google’s cloud platform is a popular way for organizations to run cloud services without building their own infrastructure.

However, identity management is one of the key challenges facing both Google and IT organizations in today’s enterprise environment. In this blog, we’ll explore how IT organizations can centrally manage identities not just for their Google services but also for all their IT resources.

Identity Management Challenges

With the continued rise of services that don’t easily connect to Microsoft Active Directory®, IT managers are left scrambling to help users keep strong passwords while also limiting frustration for employees who manage multiple login systems. AD has been the legacy identity provider of choice for almost two decades, but that has undoubtedly changed in recent years. It’s entirely possible to build an IT organization from the ground up without using Active Directory or any part of Microsoft’s server infrastructure. If you told that to someone in 2003, they’d think you were crazy, but it’s a reality today.

Need for Centralized Cloud Identity Provider

Google’s Cloud Identity service may look appealing on the surface for IT managers if they are already using services like Google Workspace or Google Cloud Platform™. In reality, the Google Cloud Identity platform isn’t focused on being a core identity provider similar to AD or as a replacement to AD. It’s really just a user management system for Google Workspace and Google Cloud Platform and a web application single sign-on (SSO) solution. It connects employees to a select few web applications via SAML and OAuth alongside all Google services. 

It’s a far cry from a comprehensive cloud identity platform that extends to all of an organization’s essential services. The result is a mixture of services that work with AD, Google Cloud Identity, and standalone applications. Intending to create a single standard for identity, IT managers could end up with two standards and yet still additional solutions that must be managed separately.

Comprehensive Cloud Directory Platform

For organizations that want to use Google Cloud Identity for more than just Google Workspace and Google Platform, there is an alternative cloud identity management solution — JumpCloud® Directory Platform. It creates the best of both worlds for digital-first organizations. As a cloud identity and access management solution, the cloud directory platform securely manages and onboards users to all the resources and services they need regardless of the platform protocol, provider, or where they’re located while tightly integrating with Google Workspace. 

As new employees are hired, they are automatically provisioned into all of their required devices, networks, and services to accomplish their jobs. As employees exit an organization, a unified solution ensures that all access is removed. A cloud directory platform builds the bridge between Google Cloud Identity and all of the tools an organization needs to succeed in today’s ever-changing IT environment.

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