Authenticate Linux with Google Cloud Identity

authenticate linux google cloud identity

Many organizations around the world choose Google as their cloud identity provider (IdP). The advantages of doing so are easy to imagine with Google being one of the tech titans in the industry. However, Google as an IdP does have limitations.

One major limitation is the lack of system authentication capabilities. Yes, you can access Linux workloads located at Google Cloud Platform (GCP) with your Google cloud identity, but things start to get complicated if your Linux servers (or desktops for that matter) are at AWS, Azure, or on-prem. That is why a common question we receive is how to authenticate Linux with Google Cloud Identity.

Authenticate Linux with Google Cloud Identity

Google Cloud Identity Management

In order to get to the bottom of this, let’s first step back and understand what is going on here and what Google Cloud Identity is all about. Google Cloud Identity is the new instantiation of a Google identity for business. In other words, Cloud Identity is what Google is using to manage identities for G Suite, Google Cloud Platform, and to authenticate to a small number of web applications.

That’s the extent of what you can use a Google Identity for with their platform. That means IT admins will have to find a different solution for extending Google Identities to non-Google resources.

Like most of the biggest players in the cloud identity market, Google likes the idea of creating an exclusive cloud computing environment so their customers need not look anywhere else for enterprise solutions. Their pay-to-play pricing is certainly enticing as customers only pay for what they use. This model is Google’s attempt to lock you in their ecosystem so they can sell you more of their products and it has proven to be effective. Yet, what’s good for Google isn’t always good for your IT infrastructure. In fact, it’s not uncommon for organizations to need to leverage resources from a variety of vendors just to meet all of their identity management requirements.

The good news is that a cloud directory service can unify IAM operations for organizations with Google Identities. To answer the (Read more...)

*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from JumpCloud authored by Vince Lujan. Read the original post at: https://jumpcloud.com/blog/authenticate-linux-google-cloud-identity/

Vince Lujan

Vince is a documentation and blog writer at JumpCloud, the world’s first cloud-based directory service. Vince recently graduated with a degree in professional and technical writing from the University of New Mexico, and enjoys researching new innovations in cloud architecture and infrastructure.

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