By Rajat Bhargava Posted May 14, 2015
Do you have one foot in the cloud with G Suite™, formerly Google Apps, and one foot on-premises with Microsoft Active Directory®?
As an IT administrator, that’s a really painful place to be. You’ve been able to move a portion of your infrastructure to the cloud, but you have this major part of the infrastructure still local to you.
Using G Suite™ and Active Directory®
For many organizations, this is the reality. They signed-up for G Suite and were able to rid themselves of the pain of managing Microsoft Exchange. But for whatever reason, they’re still holding on to Microsoft Active Directory.
If you’re simultaneously operating in the cloud and on-premises, then your organization simply isn’t operating at full efficiency. Still, many IT administrators allow this to continue because they don’t see another option.
Over the last few years, a new concept is permeating the G Suite ecosystem. It’s called Directory-as-a-Service®. In short, a DaaS functions as a cloud-based directory service to complement G Suite.
Now an organization moving to cloud-based G Suite can also move their directory services to the cloud. They no longer have to leave their AD server in place and continue to manage it.
For most IT organizations, that’s a significant game changer. It means that outside of their WiFi equipment they don’t need to have any servers on-premises.
Capabilities of DaaS
More than just eliminating equipment, Directory-as-a-Service enables some other critical capabilities that you don’t get with Active Directory.
Many organizations with G Suite also leverage a number of other non-Microsoft technologies. Major examples include Mac and Linux devices on-premises and Infrastructure-as-a-Service capabilities in the cloud.
Active Directory has never been adept at managing Mac and Linux devices. While AD can do basic authentication for those devices, IT admins are looking for a more comprehensive, central solution to authenticate, authorize, and manage all of their device types.
Directory-as-a-Service is cross-platform and provides deep authentication, authorization, and management capabilities. As organizations leverage cloud servers at Google Compute Engine, AWS, or any other IaaS provider, Directory-as-a-Service is there to connect users to those devices easily and securely. Try doing all of that with Active Directory!
Using G Suite? Make the Move from AD to Directory-as-a-Service
If you have made the jump to G Suite and are still held back by your on-premises Active Directory infrastructure, there is a better way. You now have the option to move everything to the cloud – not only your email and productivity suite, but also your directory services.