G Suite has taken the business world by storm, now with over 3 million customers.
With each of these customers, there are a number of users with G Suite identities. However, G Suite doesn’t function as a core identity provider (IdP). This has forced IT admins to either manually manage access control, or leverage a directory service like Microsoft Active Directory®.
Manual management however is an inefficient process that can take a significant amount of time and result in security risks. Alternatively, if you choose to leverage a directory like the on-prem Active Directory it forces organizations to have one foot on-prem and one foot in the cloud, essentially removing the benefits of moving to the cloud. Fortunately, this is where a cloud-based directory service like Directory-as-a-Service® (DaaS) can come in.
G Suite Integration
Our Directory-as-a-Service platform seamlessly integrates with G Suite and centralizes user management into a scalable and comprehensive identity and access management solution.
One common challenge that organizations have faced with these identities is that they cannot connect them to all of their IT resources. Integrating G Suite identities into JumpCloud’s virtual identity provider provides true directory services to extend the reach of your employees’ Google identities to other IT resource across your organization from workstations (Windows, Mac, Linux), cloud and on-prem servers hosted at AWS, Azure, Google Cloud, and internal data centers, web and on-prem applications via SAML and LDAP, data and file storage in the cloud or internally hosted, wired and WiFi networks, and more. On top of that, once tightly integrated, JumpCloud can maintain a connection with G Suite for provisioning, deprovisioning, and modifications. This means that any changes that are made in the JumpCloud console are automatically propagated to G Suite. Along with the easy importing of pre-existing G Suite accounts, managing access to systems, applications, and networks utilizing G Suite identities has never been easier for IT admins.
We provide a single point of control for directory services with G Suite, without the need for any middleware software solutions like Google Cloud Directory Sync (GCDS) (formerly known as Google Apps Directory Sync, or GADS) or other on-premises installations. In conjunction with G Suite, JumpCloud’s cloud-based integrations allow you to completely avoid Microsoft infrastructure (Exchange, Active Directory, Windows File Server, Office, and more). However, if you already have Microsoft infrastructure in place or would like to leverage Office 365, for example with Google Apps, we sync with these Microsoft solutions as well. By plugging Directory-as-a-Service into G Suite, organizations can create a single identity that can access all of your IT resources.
JumpCloud as a Central Identity Provider
If your organization is thinking about moving to the cloud, integrating G Suite and JumpCloud is essentially a method that can remove the need for virtually any on-prem infrastructure. IT admins can leverage SaaS-based solutions with less maintenance and management, everything is in a scalable model allowing companies to grow easily, and there is a pay-as-you-go pricing model to aid with growth as well. Core services like email, productivity applications, and directory services are dramatically changed for the better.
If you would like to try Directory-as-a-Service out for yourself, click here. Your first 10 users are free forever. Alternatively, if you have any questions about leveraging your G Suite identities for all of your IT resources, feel free to contact us.