As Google looks to become a more serious player in the enterprise market, the world can only watch from the outside, wondering which direction they are going to head. The question on the mind of many IT admins and managers is, “Where is Google going with all of this? What is the future of Google Identity Services?”
These are important questions. Identity management is a core part of every enterprise network whether hosted on-prem or in the cloud. Google continues to make inroads into the enterprise with G Suite and Google Cloud Platform.
The result is not only that Google is now well established in the enterprise IT arena. But since all of these platforms require some form authentication/authorization for access, they are having to deal with identity management. In other words, Google now needs to figure out what direction they’re going with cloud identity management. In this post, we’ll do our best to predict the future of Google Identity Services, based on what Google is doing now.
Google in the Enterprise
Google has two major product lines that it is focused on when it comes to the enterprise IT market. The first is their cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service platform, Google Cloud Platform. The second is G Suite, formerly known as Google Apps for Work.
Google Cloud Platform (GCP)
When it comes to GCP, which is competing heavily with AWS and Azure, the process of identity management can be tricky. Servers and network infrastructure have traditionally been hosted on-prem or in collocated data centers, where DevOps and IT organizations would then tether their on-prem networks to their remote data center via VPNs. This enabled them to have one identity management platform. However if that was too difficult, which it often was, DevOps organizations would need to setup a remote identity provider at their data center. This was often LDAP. For their on-prem directory service they would typically use Microsoft Active Directory®.
With the shift to cloud infrastructure it just doesn’t make sense to try and network multiple locations together, and managing your own identity server for just your cloud servers (Read more...)
*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from JumpCloud authored by Jon Griffin. Read the original post at: https://jumpcloud.com/blog/future-google-identity-services/