Connect Google Cloud Identity with Azure

Written by Cassa Niedringhaus on September 28, 2020

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Even though Google® and Microsoft® are fierce competitors, IT organizations often deploy their services together in the same environment.

We’re often asked if you can connect a Google Cloud Identity® with Azure®. This is beneficial so that end users accessing cloud infrastructure in Google Cloud Platform and Azure can use the same core credentials to access both, and those same credentials would enable them to access G Suite™ and Microsoft 365™ as well.

Although you can establish Azure Active Directory as the identity provider for Google Cloud Platform with some machinations, you can’t easily and natively use Google’s G Suite Directory or Google Cloud Platform identity services to extend identities to Azure. First, we’ll explore why these identities should be synced to these major platforms and then examine how to do so most efficiently through a third-party platform. 

Why Sync Cloud Infrastructure Identities 

Beyond productivity suites, many cloud-forward organizations use cloud infrastructure from both Google and Microsoft (as well as Amazon Web Services®). Each of these providers has their own user management system, and these tech titans focus on locking you into their platform and suite of tools.

However, you might have reasons to use more than one cloud infrastructure provider to ensure your organization has best-of-breed tools — like Microsoft’s data visualization service, Power BI, or Google’s analytics service, BigQuery.

By establishing core identities for users to access disparate cloud infrastructure providers, you can ensure you have centralized control over user access and avoid identity sprawl. It also improves the user experience because they don’t have to keep track of multiple sets of credentials to access their core services. 

Centralized Identity Management For Cloud Infrastructure 

The most straightforward way to achieve this is to establish an authoritative identity provider that sits as the center of your cloud infrastructure providers, as well as other corporate resources.

Cloud directory platforms are designed to seamlessly integrate with most resources via industry-standard protocols, and you can use them to extend your Google Cloud Identities not only to Azure but also AWS, devices, and networks.

JumpCloud® offers a comprehensive cloud directory platform to manage user identities, access, and devices. With JumpCloud, you can establish core user identities and federate them to virtually all resources, including cloud infrastructure providers, as well as SaaS applications, Mac®, Windows®, and Linux® devices, LDAP-backed resources, and RADIUS networks.

JumpCloud tightly integrates with G Suite, Microsoft 365, and Active Directory, as well as HR systems like Workday, so you can import existing users from those directories and then federate those identities to other resources — ensuring centralized control across your resources.

Learn More 

The IT team at Sapling previously used open-source LDAP, Google Cloud Identity, Jamf, Okta, and 1Password, among other solutions, to manage user identities, access and devices. With JumpCloud, the team was able to consolidate solutions and establish authoritative identities for their cloud infrastructure in Azure, AWS, and Google, as well as other resources. Read Sapling’s story of streamlined IT here.

If you’re interested in trying the solution yourself, sign up for a JumpCloud Free account, which gives you unrestricted access to the platform for up to 10 users and 10 devices. You also get 10 days of free 24×7 in-app chat access with our support engineers to get up and running.

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