By Rajat Bhargava Posted April 10, 2017
G Suite is one of the fastest growing SaaS-based infrastructure services. Organizations are leaving behind their Microsoft Exchange servers and Microsoft Office productivity suite for G Suite’s email and productivity solutions.
But the challenge for IT admins is how to securely control and manage their users. Recent discussions offer Google Identity Management Services as a potential solution to manage user accounts from G Suite Directory.
Google Identity Management Services: The Approach
Unfortunately, Google Identity Management Services – sometimes called Google IDaaS – is not meant to be a directory service or a full-fledged cloud identity management platform. Instead, G Suite Directory has largely focused on being the user management platform for Google Apps and a select few web applications.
This approach makes a lot of sense from Google’s perspective. Google’s suite of applications are hosted in the cloud. Their mission has been to move people to the cloud rather than keep resources on-prem. Google also focuses on the ability to scale their solutions to the market rather than having too many options, customizations, or integration components. In fact, these are likely the core reasons why G Suite Directory has never focused on being a replacement to Active Directory.
Google Identity Management Services: The Challenge
Unfortunately, the challenge for IT organizations is that they have shifted to the cloud with G Suite, but they can’t get rid of their on-prem directory service. Google Identity Management Services, which is really just G Suite directory, isn’t an option. It doesn’t address your on-prem systems, applications, and networks. The same is true for all of your cloud applications and infrastructure. It is useful as a user management system for G Suite, but you’ll need more capabilities than just that for securely managing and connecting users to all of the IT resources that they need.
The Google IDaaS Integration Solution: JumpCloud®
Enter JumpCloud’s Directory-as-a-Service®. Tightly integrated with G Suite, this third-party solution is a complement to G Suite Directory and extends G Suite identities to the rest of your IT resources.
- Mac, Windows, and Linux desktops and laptops
- cloud servers hosted at AWS, Google Cloud, and others
- on-prem legacy applications that authenticate via LDAP
- a wide range of web-based SAML applications
- WiFi authentication via RADIUS
- GPO-like policies
Directory-as-a-Service is the cloud identity management platform that complements your G Suite productivity platform. In short, by leveraging both solutions, IT admins can eliminate a number of Microsoft on-prem components including Active Directory.
See it in Action
The video below shows the complete process of importing your users from Google directly into JumpCloud’s Directory-as-a-Service:
If you have questions about how this works with your organization’s infrastructure, you have two options:
- Drop us a note to learn more about how Google Identity Management Services and JumpCloud fit into the picture.
- Sign up for an account and check out our IDaaS platform for yourself. Your first 10 users are free forever.
We also invite you to read our full-length ebook which includes best practices from industry experts on how to get the most out of G Suite at the enterprise-level. It’s called The Modern Office: How Google Apps Solves the IT Identity Crisis.