Managing user access to both Office 365™ and G Suite™ with one identity management platform can be challenging. Both Google® and Microsoft® have created solutions to help manage their own platforms, but they aren’t about to help their arch rival even if it means better management for their customers. The good news is that IT organizations can leverage JumpCloud® for both O365 and G Suite user management.
Both Productivity Services?
Not too many people would have predicted that both O365 and G Suite (formerly Google Apps) would coexist at organizations, but today’s average workplace says otherwise. Of course, when you look at individual use cases and reasons, it can make a great deal of sense why one organization would want to leverage both Office 365 and G Suite. While very similar, both options provide their own proprietary features that make them desirable by a number of organizations.
The problem is that while it may be great for users to leverage both productivity platforms, it is much harder for IT to securely manage and connect users to them. While both options have associated “management” platforms, these solutions aren’t full-fledged directory services platforms that can manage all of the IT resources in an environment from the cloud. For example, G Suite Directory is really a user management platform for G Suite and a web application single sign-on solution for a few, select web apps. Azure® Active Directory®, which backends Office 365’s user identities, is similarly a user management solution for Azure and a web application SSO platform. Contrary to its name, it isn’t a replacement for the on-prem Active Directory solution.
The Challenge of Two
Neither of these cloud identity management solutions work really well with on-prem systems, cloud servers hosted at AWS®, on-prem and cloud file servers, on-prem applications that leverage LDAP, or WiFi access control through RADIUS. In a sense, if IT organizations want to extend a particular platform’s identity to be used more widely, that will need to be done through a third party cloud directory service. This is especially the case considering circumstances where an identity in G Suite would need to be leveraged in Office 365, or vice versa.
So, for these and many other scenarios, is there a third-party cloud directory service that can bridge the gap between Office 365, G Suite, and all of the other resources an IT organization uses? Thankfully, such a solution exists in today’s market. It’s called JumpCloud Directory-as-a-Service®.
Leverage JumpCloud for both O365 & G Suite
Organizations looking to leverage (and more importantly manage) both Office 365 and G Suite need look no further than JumpCloud. Directory-as-a-Service integrates into both productivity suites, allowing admins to either pull identities into the JumpCloud platform or extend them into O365/G Suite. Using JumpCloud as the sole source of truth propagates user credentials to their O365/G Suite accounts, as well as any other resources tied to that account. Thanks to JumpCloud’s native LDAP, SAML, and RADIUS connections, those resources can include on-prem and cloud apps, cloud infrastructure, file servers, networks, and more. More importantly, JumpCloud identities are tied directly to a user’s endpoint, regardless of its platform (Windows®, Mac®, or Linux®), meaning that end users can be managed on both a system and user level. With JumpCloud’s cross-platform, GPO-like capabilities, called Policies, admins can federate permissions across entire system fleets with ease. All of which is delivered as a comprehensive cloud-based service that doesn’t require anything on-prem.
To learn more about JumpCloud, and how your organization can leverage it for both O365 & G Suite, give us a call today. We’d be happy to assist with any questions or concerns. You can try Directory-as-a-Service completely free and sign up for an account. Signing up requires no credit card and includes ten users free forever to get you started.