Control G Suite Identities with Directory-as-a-Service

Written by Jon Griffin on January 26, 2018

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One of the most popular web applications on the planet right now is the productivity platform G Suite. Formerly called Google Apps, G Suite was introduced as a challenge to the Microsoft® Office productivity suite and quickly started giving Microsoft a run for its money in the corporate productivity space. The user count on G Suite is growing, and as more IT resources move to the cloud and non-Windows platforms, being able to control G Suite identities with JumpCloud Directory-as-a-Service® (DaaS) is an interesting proposition.

G Suite Challenges Microsoft Office

Google introduced their productivity platform as a way to shift core applications to the cloud. Their Gmail platform, along with productivity applications such as Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides, were built to compete with Microsoft solutions, and that’s exactly what they did. By focusing on shifting core platforms like Microsoft Exchange, Office, Windows file server, and more to the cloud, Google made a serious dent in Microsoft’s ownership of the enterprise. Millions of organizations decided to make the jump to the cloud and Google Apps, proving the strategy was hugely successful.

However, this new setup also created a challenge for IT organizations who were trying to move to the cloud. While they could eliminate their Exchange servers, they couldn’t eliminate Microsoft Active Directory®. Admins quickly discovered that Google’s G Suite Directory wasn’t a replacement for AD, but rather a user management system for Google apps and a few select web applications. So, IT organizations moved part of their back-office infrastructure to the cloud, but still were forced to keep part on-prem as well. Obviously, that wasn’t the ideal approach for IT organizations looking to shift to the cloud.

If that wasn’t enough, many organizations that were leveraging G Suite were also using AWS for their cloud server infrastructure and shifting to Mac and Linux desktops and laptops. These non-Windows platforms and cloud servers put even more pressure on IT organizations due to the fact that Active Directory wouldn’t easily connect to those resources. Some third party solutions were created that helped connect AD to some of these specific resources, but this meant paying for multiple solutions and adding more complexity into the infrastructure. By this point, admins were desperate for a solution that could pull them away from the legacy directory and help control G Suite identities.

How to Better Control G Suite Identities

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IT organizations are looking for a solution that allows them to control G Suite identities from a cloud hosted directory service, rather than the on-prem legacy identity provider AD. This approach would enable IT to shift completely to the cloud, while maintaining control over their IT resources. Many admins are finding that solution in the new cloud-based directory JumpCloud Directory-as-a-Service. In fact, with Directory-as-a-Service, IT admins can go beyond controlling access to just Microsoft Windows platforms and applications.

Organizations that leverage G Suite can use the unified cloud directory to control G Suite identities and implement them for much more than Google platforms. JumpCloud enables end users to leverage one identity for their systems, applications, files, and networks. This means that one G Suite identity can be used to connect end users to all of the IT resources they need. Plus, IT admins get centralized control over their end users and a chance to step-up security dramatically.

Control G Suite Identities with JumpCloud

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If you want to see how JumpCloud Directory-as-a-Service can help you control G Suite identities, make sure you reach out to us. Our team is ready and willing to answer any questions that you have, and can set up a demo so you can see the platform used live. If you want to try the virtual directory for yourself, you can! Just sign up for a free DaaS account. Then, you can take advantage of our 10 free users offer and test it to your heart’s content. Check out the directory built for modern IT today!

Jon Griffin

Jon Griffin works as a writer for JumpCloud, an organization focused on bringing centralized IT to the modern organization. He graduated with a degree in Professional and Technical Writing from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, and is an avid learner of new technology from cloud-based innovations to VR and more.

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