By Natalie Bluhm Posted February 28, 2018
Google recently reported that G Suite™ and Google Cloud Platform™ are bringing in $1 billion per quarter, and that G Suite has grown to about four million paying customers. Google’s growing success with its cloud offerings have made many in the IT industry curious about its moves in the single sign-on industry. Can a G Suite SSO solution from Google really compete with other major players in the SSO space? Can Google’s take on SSO enable IT admins to better centralize their environment around a single set of credentials?
Let’s answer these questions by taking a look at Google’s approach to identity management.
Google Identity Management with G Suite SSO
Google’s focus when it comes to identity management has been to help IT organizations manage user access to Google services like G Suite, Google Cloud Platform, and AdWords. Google’s version of SSO also integrates with a few third party applications, but Google is not striving to offer a full-scale SSO solution for every app possible.
This approach to SSO is fine if your environment consists of mostly Google services and if all you care is about SSO for web apps. However, the typical modern IT environment is much more complex than that. What about managing WiFi access or a cross-platform environment that has Mac, Linux, and Windows® systems? Also, many IT environments are still using on-prem file storage and LDAP-based applications. Google’s G Suite SSO solution doesn’t connect with any of these IT resources.
If you’re using Google as your sole source of identity management, then you are quite familiar with the inability to properly manage access to your systems, on-prem applications, file storage, and networks. So, you shouldn’t expect to be able to centralize your whole IT environment with Google’s G Suite SSO solution.
But most Google shops don’t want to turn to an on-prem IAM solution like Microsoft® Active Directory®. Most organizations that are considering G Suite for SSO are cloud-forward. In fact, it is expected that 72% of IT organizations using G Suite will run their whole environment in the cloud by 2025. So, a cloud identity provider is highly sought after. The good news is that a new hosted directory service is providing cloud-forward environments with the user and system management IT admins need.
Modern and Comprehensive – G Suite SSO with JumpCloud
Called JumpCloud Directory-as-a-Service®, this modern cloud IAM solution enables you to manage your G Suite users and the rest of your IT resources all in the same place. In a few easy steps, you can import your existing G Suite Directory and start managing your G Suite users all from the cloud. This works just as smoothly the other way around. You can export any new users that are initially created in JumpCloud to your G Suite Directory.
Additionally, when you use our G Suite integration with JumpCloud’s fully-featured cloud directory, users only have to use one set of credentials to authenticate to all of their IT resources that include the following:
- Systems – Windows, Mac, and Linux; local and remote servers
- Applications – LDAP and SAML based apps like JIRA® and Salesforce®
- File Storage – cloud storage like Dropbox® and on-prem Samba based file servers
- Networks – wired and WiFi networks
Users gain a frictionless workflow because they just have to remember one username and password to access all of their IT assets. IT admins have an easier time completing tasks like password resets and onboarding. Offboarding become much more secure because you can disable user access to all resources with a couple of clicks and have access revoked across all critical resources. So, JumpCloud Directory-as-a-Service not only offers efficient, secure user and system management, but also greatly improves the experience for the end user.
Discover More about JumpCloud
Learn more about creating a G Suite SSO environment with JumpCloud by reaching out to us. Curious about what our customers think? Consider reading the Eusoh Customer Story and how they have enjoyed efficiently managing G Suite, systems, applications, and their network with JumpCloud.
Ready to start testing our G Suite integration? Sign up for a free account. You will have full access to our platform, and your first ten users are free forever. If you need any help along the way, check out this JumpCloud and G Suite YouTube playlist or these Knowledge Base articles.