Google IDaaS Mac Authentication

By Greg Keller Posted February 2, 2017

Google’s approach to IDaaS is starting to come into focus.

Actually, just about every major tech company out there is looking to own your organization’s identities. Google is no different from Microsoft, with one exception. Given Microsoft’s monopoly in the enterprise identity management space, they already own a number of organization’s identities.

But for most IT organizations, there has been a shift in IT infrastructure. They’re leveraging Macs, Linux, AWS, G Suite, Office 365, and more. To accommodate these resources, a change is needed in the identity management platform.

Google IDaaS Mac authentication

The question today is, does Google IDaaS support Mac authentication?

Google IDaaS and Active Directory®

Actually, the broader question about Google’s approach to IDaaS is whether it can serve as a central, authoritative identity provider. Google historically shied away from taking on Microsoft Active Directory head-on.

However, it appears that they are more interested in this now.

When Google first introduced Google Apps, it was a novel concept to attack Microsoft at the center of two of their core franchises – Exchange and Office. Google wasn’t about to start a war on another front with Active Directory. Consequently, they left that space alone and integrated with the on-prem, legacy Active Directory.

Google Identity Services Takes on the Directory

Now, though, with over 5 million business customers, G Suite (the new name for Google Apps) is beginning to think about whether it wants to start trying to be a replacement to Active Directory. This approach requires a great deal of G Suite Directory, much of which Google doesn’t seem prepared to handle. The core of Active Directory is that it is a central authentication source for systems (Windows), on-prem applications, and networks.

While that may have worked for legacy networks, we know that doesn’t work well for modern IT infrastructures that are often using G Suite. For these organizations, a modern IDaaS platform is needed. Unfortunately, G Suite directory doesn’t work with on-prem resources, third-party cloud infrastructure, WiFi networks, and more. G Suite is essentially a user management system for Google Apps and a web single sign-on solution for a select few web apps. You are out of luck if you are looking for Google IDaaS Mac authentication.

Complementary Course of Action

Luckily, there is a different way that you can solve the problem. A complementary solution to G Suite is emerging as the directory service for G Suite and the alternative to Active Directory for modern organizations. The solution is called Directory-as-a-Service®. It is the cloud-hosted identity provider that connects to a wide variety of IT resources.

Those resources can include Mac, Linux, and Windows systems, cloud and on-prem applications, and WiFi networks. Directory-as-a-Service also tightly integrates with G Suite, Office 365, AWS, and many other cloud platforms. The Identity-as-a-Service solution also supports LDAP, RADIUS, SAML, SSH, and a variety of other protocols. Directory-as-a-Service is the complement to G Suite that Google customers can leverage to move completely to the cloud with their identity management and productivity platforms.

JumpCloud® for Google IDaaS Mac Authentication

Drop us a note to learn more about Google IDaaS Mac authentication and why Google’s Identity Platform offering can’t do that without help. We’d be happy to walk you through the various IDaaS providers and how our Directory-as-a-Service platform fits in as a modern instantiation of cloud identity management. Feel free to give our virtual identity provider a try for yourself. Finally, please know that 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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