Google IDaaS LDAP Authentication

By Greg Keller Posted February 1, 2017

The identity and access management market is undergoing a renaissance. Every tech titan seems to be highly interested in the IAM space, especially cloud IAM. This is true of Google, Microsoft, and others. With Google, their approach has largely centered on their G Suite Directory and its associated capabilities of user management for Google Apps, SSO with OAuth and SAML, and multi-factor authentication.

The question is whether Google IDaaS LDAP authentication is a path for your organization.

Capabilities of Google IDaaS

With Google’s approach to IDaaS, IT admins need to understand exactly what they are getting in terms of capabilities. The IDaaS space has historically been focused on web application SSO. And that’s the approach Google has taken. With G Suite Directory, IT admins can manage and control access to their G Suite platform and also authenticate to a select few web applications via their integration of OAuth and SAML.

Unfortunately, that’s pretty much where the platform stops.

What About Google IDaaS LDAP Authentication?

Google’s IDaaS approach lacks the capabilities of LDAP authentication, system and user management for devices (laptops, desktops, and servers), WiFi authentication, and more. While Google may want to position their approach to IDaaS as a replacement to Microsoft Active Directory, it can’t function to that level.

Neither Google nor AD Complete the Picture

IT admins have been using and integrating AD into their IT environments for almost two decades. AD is the solution for on-prem IT resources while G Suite Directory is wonderful for Google Apps. Yet what IT admins are seeking is an integrated cloud directory service that cuts across both cloud and on-prem resources. One that flawlessly works across Windows, Mac, Linux, G Suite, Office 365, AWS, or Google Cloud.

In short, what’s needed is an independent cloud identity management platform that works with whatever IT resources that an organization has. Google IDaaS struggles with that tall order.

JumpCloud® Is the Total Package

There is a cloud-based alternative to Active Directory. It’s called Directory-as-a-Service®. As an Identity-as-a-Service provider, it securely manages and connects user identities to the IT resources they need. This includes working with a wide variety of systems, applications, networks, platforms, providers, and protocols regardless of location. A key feature of the platform is the support of LDAP authentication.

If you would like to learn more about Google IDaaS LDAP authentication, drop us a note. Or jump straight ahead to giving Directory-as-a-Service a try for yourself. Your first 10 users are free forever.

Greg Keller

Greg is JumpCloud's Chief Product Officer, overseeing the product management team, product vision and go-to-market execution for the company's Directory-as-a-Service offering. The SaaS-based platform re-imagines Active Directory and LDAP for the cloud era, securely connecting and managing employees, their devices and IT applications.

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