G Suite has made tremendous inroads into the IT landscape. What started as a free email product for consumers has turned into an enterprise class productivity suite. It’s done so well that it forced Microsoft to have to adapt and respond with their version of a productivity suite: Office 365. The challenge for IT organizations, though, is how to effectively manage Google identities. Google doesn’t want to be a full-fledged directory. That’s why many organizations are leveraging Cloud Identity and Access Management (Cloud IAM) tools that act as a fully-featured directory and offer the function of G Suite Integration.
G Suite On The Rise in the Enterprise
G Suite is being used by over 5mm businesses today, and it has changed the IT landscape irreversibly. Google Apps (GApps), as it was formerly known, first took root with the startup community. Organizations that didn’t need the capabilities of the enterprise-grade Office suite, and were comfortable with less functionality in their documents and spreadsheets, adopted GApps en masse. GApps was cheap and there was no on-prem equipment required. More importantly, it took advantage of the cloud to dramatically improve the capacity to collaborate. For organizations without legacy infrastructure, going Google was an easy decision.
As these organizations began to grow and larger organizations started to consider migrating to G Suite, there was an issue around how to centrally manage identities. Historically, the identity management function was solved by Microsoft Active Directory®. It paired well with Microsoft Exchange, the leading email server, but as the email server moved to the cloud the question became, “why keep Active Directory?” Could organizations move everything to the cloud including their identity management platform?
G Suite Can’t Do it All
Of course, the answer was no. AD didn’t lend itself to being hosted in the cloud, and Azure Active Directory was not a replacement to the on-prem Active Directory. G Suite Directory isn’t an alternative to Active Directory, and neither is Office 365’s user management platform. So, most Google customers have been stuck on what to do about user and identity management.
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*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from JumpCloud authored by Rajat. Read the original post at: https://jumpcloud.com/blog/cloud-identity-management-function-g-suite-integration/