Organizations around the world are moving their IT infrastructure to the cloud. For a lot of those organizations, the first step is often choosing a cloud identity management solution like Google Cloud Identity. This is especially true for Mac shops looking for an alternative to Microsoft solutions like Active Directory® (AD). That’s why a question on the minds of many IT admins is whether or not Mac authentication with Google Identity-as-a-Service is possible.
The short answer is, yes – it is possible. But before we explain how, it’s important to understand why IT organizations want Mac authentication with Google Identity-as-a-Service in the first place.
The Rise of Mac and Google Identity-as-a-Service
It all began when Google released Google Apps for Your Domain (now known as G Suite) in 2006. At the time, organizations were just starting to discover the benefits of moving their IT infrastructure to the cloud. Google recognized this opportunity and created Google Apps for Your Domain as a cloud alternative to on-prem solutions (e.g. Microsoft Exchange, Office, and Windows File Server) that were popular prior to its release.
Around the same time, Macs started making huge inroads into the enterprise PC market that was also dominated by Microsoft at the time. Macs have since loosened Microsoft’s grasp on the PC market to the point we are at today where heterogeneous IT environments (e.g. Windows, Mac, Linux) are common.
Apple and Google have certainly brought about some major changes in IT infrastructure over the years. However, nobody opted to challenge Microsoft’s directory service (AD) in the identity management space at that time.
Recently, Google did change their approach to identity management with the introduction of Google Cloud Identity. The news had a lot of IT admins buzzing at the thought of an Identity-as-a-Service solution from Google that might serve as a core user identity that could cut across virtually all of their IT resources.
It’s a logical thought. With over 5mm business customers on their G Suite platform and many more when you factor in Google Cloud Platform (GCP), there (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/mac-authentication-google-identity-service/