The Identity-as-a-Service market has a lot of players, and just recently the space has been forced to make room for one more. With their recent acquisition of Bitium, Google IDaaS is now a full on first generation IDaaS solution. Companies like OneLogin, Okta, and Ping Identity are now in direct competition with Google. So let’s take a look at Google IDaaS vs Ping Identity.
A Look at Google IDaaS vs Ping Identity
For IT admins, Google IDaaS is an interesting development – especially for organizations that are already using Google services such as G Suite and therefore have an existing directory of Google identities.
Many of these organizations are currently leveraging Ping Identity and paying a great deal of money for the solution. Ping Identity was created in 2001 with the purpose of sitting on top of Active Directory and connecting AD environments to web-based applications. Okta and OneLogin followed soon after, as it became increasingly obvious that IT was facing serious new challenges with securing identities in their AD environment and connecting those to web applications.
For a long time, if you needed web-application SSO, you were stuck adding an additional solution like Ping Identity into your environment, and paying the extra costs associated with that. Now, it would seem that Google identity management services will now include web application single sign-on for free. IT organizations may be able to eliminate Ping Identity, Okta, or OneLogin in favor of Google identity management. So what is Google’s strategy, and can Google replace the core identity provider?
Google IDaaS and The Core Identity Provider
Google’s strategy in the IAM space has been focused on being an adjunct to the on-prem identity provider, Microsoft Active Directory®. Up until now, Google’s G Suite directory has largely been a user management system for Google Apps and Google Cloud Platform. Now with the acquisition of Bitium, it is a full-on first generation IDaaS platform for web single sign-on.
*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from JumpCloud authored by Natalie Bluhm. Read the original post at: https://jumpcloud.com/blog/google-idaas-vs-ping-identity/