By Vince Lujan Posted July 28, 2019
Is it possible to have one password for Office 365™ and G Suite™? As many IT organizations leverage both platforms, one from Microsoft® and the other from Google®, having a single identity that connects to both would certainly be helpful.
The challenge is that they are not identical and neither is designed to work seamlessly with the other in a native sense. Rather, they are fierce competitors and both productivity suites have their competitive strengths and weaknesses, which is why IT organizations often leverage both platforms.
Fortunately, a new generation of directory services has emerged that can provide a singular identity that can connect to virtually any IT resource, including Office 365 and G Suite, and all without anything on-prem. We’ll get to that further down the page, but let’s discuss how IT admins have solved this problem in the past.
In The Beginning, There Was Microsoft
In the past, IT admins have leveraged Microsoft Active Directory® (AD) and a handful of add-on tools in order to extend the same identity (i.e., the AD identity) to O365 and G Suite. AD used to be the core identity provider (IdP) in virtually every IT organization that was Windows®-based and on-prem, which was the vast majority in the early-2000s.
The challenge was that AD was never designed to support non-Windows or cloud-based resources on the same level as on-prem Windows systems and users. Consequently, IT admins would have to layer add-ons such as the Google Cloud Directory Sync (GCDS, formerly GADS) or Azure AD Connect on top of AD on-prem to extend AD identities to the cloud.
While effective, the issue is that IT organizations are then locked into AD on-prem and additional third-party services that are both expensive and add additional servers to the overall identity management infrastructure. Further, connecting users to Office 365 and G Suite is only one of many IAM challenges in legacy AD environments.
Fortunately, it is possible to have one identity for O365 and G Suite without the huge cost or complexity of legacy implementations and a slew of add-ons.
Along Came JumpCloud®
The JumpCloud Directory-as-a-Service® platform is effectively Active Directory and LDAP reimagined from the cloud. With JumpCloud, users can leverage one identity (their JumpCloud identity) to gain access to Office 365 and G Suite—without AD on-prem, GADS, or Azure AD Connect.
Rather, user identities can be imported from O365 and federated to G Suite, imported from G Suite and federated to O365, or created from scratch within the JumpCloud administrative portal and provisioned to both—all via Directory-as-a-Service. As a result, end users have one identity for Office 365 and G Suite, and IT admins have one identity to manage, rather than two or more.
In fact, JumpCloud users have one identity to gain access to all of their IT resources, and IT admins can manage them all from one centralized location. It’s a concept that we call True Single-Sign-On™ (True SSO).
Learn More About JumpCloud
JumpCloud Directory-as-a-Service is a cross-platform, vendor-neutral, protocol-driven cloud directory services platform that securely manages and connects users to all of their IT resources with the same set of credentials. Directory-as-a-Service is also completely cloud-based, and connects to traditional resources on-prem as well as next generation cloud alternatives.
As a result, IT admins can leverage a single solution to manage user access throughout their entire organization without the help of third-party tooling, all with the convenience of the cloud. Sign up for a free account to check out Directory-as-a-Service today, or contact the JumpCloud team if you have any questions.