By Zach DeMeyer Posted October 21, 2018
Every industry has bitter rivals. Baseball has the Red Sox and the Yankees. Fast food has McDonalds’ and Burger King. And, cloud-based productivity suites have Office 365™ (aka O365) and G Suite™ (formerly Google Apps). The two offerings, from Microsoft® and Google®, respectively, have been pitted against each other in the productivity space for over a decade and now more recently in the cloud productivity and platform space. Surprisingly, despite their “bitter rival” status, many companies leverage both solutions in their day-to-day operations. As a result, IT admins are looking for one cloud directory service for O365 and G Suite.
The Battle of O365 and G Suite
It’s rather doubtful that many pundits predicted that organizations would use both platforms, but from an IT perspective, it makes a great deal of sense. Both Office 365 and G Suite have their strengths and weaknesses. For instance, Office 365 integrates smoothly with other Microsoft offerings and the widely used Windows OS. G Suite, on the other hand, provides sleek cloud collaboration at a cost-conscious price. For the modern, heterogeneous IT environment, the utility of both is a tantalizing prospect.
The result is that many organizations leverage both productivity platforms within their organization. Unfortunately, because the two tech titans compete, they don’t make it easy to manage the other’s solution. This, of course, makes a great deal of business sense. Why give up market share to your biggest competitor? For IT organizations, however, this only increases the difficulty of managing both solutions amidst the slew of other resources that each organization uses.
A key consideration of the management process for organizations leveraging both O365 and G Suite is user management, or securely managing and connecting users to each respective cloud platform. Office 365 leverages Azure® Active Directory® to support this effort, while G Suite uses Google Cloud™ Identity and G Suite Directory. In implementation, both Azure AD and Google Cloud Identity are rather similar. In essence, they are both user management solutions for their respective productivity platform, as well as a web application single sign-on (SSO) solution for their user identities. Both solutions make it easy for users to connect to resources within their brand and partnered web applications. Neither solution, however, makes it easy to use one identity across both solutions, let alone across the entire IT infrastructure for an organization.
One Cloud Directory Service for O365 and G Suite
So, like Spanish explorers seeking the legendary city of El Dorado, admins and IT managers are on the hunt for a way to connect their O365, G Suite, and all the rest of their user identities under one, unified directory instance. This search, however, is not in vain, as IT admins are finding a next generation cloud directory solution that can authenticate user identities across virtually all their resources, from O365 and G Suite to systems, servers, networks, and more.
This cloud directory service is called JumpCloud® Directory-as-a-Service®. With Directory-as-a-Service, IT admins can create unified identities for their users with a cloud-based directory that can federate and authorize access to countless resources. These include on-prem and cloud apps via LDAP and SAML, platform-agnostic (Windows®, Mac®, and Linux®) endpoint management, secure WiFi connection with RADIUS-as-a-Service, and, of course, O365 and G Suite integration.
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You can learn more about JumpCloud as one cloud directory service for O365, G Suite, and so much more by contacting us or checking out our YouTube channel. To see the Directory-as-a-Service product in action, schedule a demo or consider signing up for JumpCloud. The process is completely free, and includes ten users for free forever.