By Greg Keller Posted November 17, 2015
Many organizations that use Google Apps tend to also use Apple Mac products. While we haven’t seen any hard data on this correlation, we’ve gathered this anecdotal evidence by looking at our own customer base. Below, we’ll speculate on a number of reasons why the two solutions are commonly utilized within the same organization.
Google Apps and Apple Macs: A Likely Pairing
First, if you use Google Apps, you have most likely made the decision to walk away from Microsoft Exchange. If you have stopped using Exchange, you likely aren’t a fully integrated Microsoft shop. Second, Apple has been at the forefront of innovation over the last decade. You are likely forward-thinking if you are using Macs, and cloud computing fits that model as well. Google Apps becomes a natural extension to your existing cloud infrastructure, instead of being an on-premises solution. Of course, organizations using Microsoft solutions can also be forward-thinking and interested in the cloud, we just happen to notice that many companies that use Google Apps also seem to use Apple Macs.
Unfortunately, there aren’t any great native management tools for Macs. JAMF Casper is one of the few tools that IT admins have at their disposal to help manage Mac devices. The challenge for IT admins is that they struggle to build their user profiles within JAMF if they are using Google Apps. Historically, there hasn’t been a way for IT organizations to connect the two together, resulting in duplicate work for IT admins. You see, the process of provisioning, modifying, or terminating a user in Google Apps must be repeated in JAMF as well. There is a risk for those to be out of sync in addition to the repetitive work.
Bridging the Gap between Google Apps and JAMF
JumpCloud’s Directory-as-a-Service platform can act as a bridge between the two. DaaS is a cloud-based directory service that integrates with Google Apps, RADIUS, LDAP, and other solutions. JumpCloud effectively becomes an organization’s user store and then subsequently connects those user identities to a wide variety of applications, devices, and networks in a number of different protocols.
Let’s take a closer look at how the integration would work with Google Apps and JAMF. IT admins can import their Google Apps identities into JumpCloud. As a result, JumpCloud’s Directory-as-a-Service solution becomes the authoritative identity in the system. Updates to passwords and new accounts provisioned in JumpCloud are automatically synced with Google Apps. That same identity that is used for Google Apps can now be integrated into JAMF via LDAP. Any user adds, deletes, or modifies are propagated to both Google Apps and JAMF. One identity now exists across both solutions!
If you would like to learn more about how to setup each step in that process, check out our blog posts on Google Apps integration and JAMF Casper integration. Also, if you need more help, drop us a note – we’d be happy to help walk you through the process.