Is Google IdP a Cloud Directory?

Written by Natalie Bluhm on April 8, 2018

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With the shifting IT landscape, IT admins are evaluating new ways of doing things. One of the key areas is identity and access management (IAM) and whether a cloud IAM solution is viable. There are many aspects to this market, but one question is as follows: is Google IdP a cloud directory?

Before we dig into this question, we need to step back in time to the 1990’s.  

The Dawn of Modern IAM

In the Dawn of Modern IAM, Is Google IdP a Cloud Directory?

The modern era of identity management really kicked off in 1993 with the creation of the LDAP protocol. This resulted in core directory services solutions such as Microsoft® Active Directory® and OpenLDAP
. These identity providers (IdP) would become core parts of an IT organization and securely connect users to their IT resources. In the case of AD, that was to Windows® resources, and with OpenLDAP it was Unix/Linux® systems and applications generally.

This approach to identity and access management worked well for a number of years, but as the IT environment started to shift, IT admins began to struggle with Active Directory. Mac and Linux systems, cloud infrastructure hosted by AWS®  and GCP, Google Apps (known as G Suite
now) and Office 365
, Samba files servers and NAS appliances, web applications, and many more IT resources all challenged IT organizations’ approach to IAM. What is Google’s stake in identity management?

Google’s Approach to Identity Management

G Suite Google Identity Management Challenges

Well, Google’s approach to identity management has largely been to stay out of the market and not compete directly with Active Directory. But as Google delivers more services, is Google IdP a cloud directory replacement to AD?

The short answer is no. Google IdP, also known as Google Cloud Identity, is really just a user management system for Google Apps and a few, select web applications. A cloud directory to replace Active Directory can be found with JumpCloud® Directory-as-a-Service®.

JumpCloud – The Modern Cloud Directory

With JumpCloud's G Suite Integration, Is Google IdP a Cloud Directory

JumpCloud takes a comprehensive, independent approach that enables integration with almost all IT resources regardless of protocol, platform, location, and provider. On one hand, this means IT admins can secure user authentication to systems (Windows, Mac, and Linux), apps (SAML and LDAP based), local and cloud infrastructure (AWS and GCP), networks (wired and wireless), and file storage (virtual and physical) all from one pane of glass. On the other hand, users gain frictionless access to all of their IT resources. Additionally, JumpCloud Directory-as-a-Service is completely cloud-based, and doesn’t require any on-prem hardware or software.

Eliminating your on-prem identity provider is just one of the benefits though. Our cloud identity management platform also tightly integrates with Google IdP. Utilizing the JumpCloud G Suite Integration, users can be centrally located with the cloud directory solution, and then those identities are automatically synced to G Suite Directory. The end result is that end users can leverage their G Suite credentials for virtually all of their IT resources.

Find Out More About Google IdP and Directory Services

Still have some questions related to is Google IdP a cloud directory? Consider reading Eusoh’s customer story and learn how integrating G Suite with JumpCloud Directory-as-a-Service gave them more control over their environment.  Of course, you are also more than welcome to get your questions answered by reaching out to us. If you’re ready to start testing our cloud directory, sign up for a free account. Your first ten users are free forever

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