G Suite is a popular productivity platform leveraged by IT organizations and end users worldwide. Most people are already very familiar with the free aspects of G Suite, such as Gmail, Calendar, and Drive to name a few. However, as more IT management tools shift to the cloud, one area of interest for IT administrators is whether device management with G Suite is possible.
In short, the native device management capability of G Suite is effectively limited to Chrome OS (Google’s own Linux-based operating system), although technically Google does offer light support for some Android and iOS mobile platforms. That’s nice, but IT admins are really interested in enterprise-grade device management: the ability to authenticate Linux, Mac, and Windows devices using G Suite credentials and manage disparate systems with Microsoft Active Directory® (AD) GPO-like capabilities.
The good news is that a new generation of hosted device management solution has arrived with the power to extend G Suite credentials to virtually any IT resource via a comprehensive cloud-based directory service platform. The solution is called Directory-as-a-Service®, but before we explore how it enables device management with G Suite, let’s step back and analyze the development of G Suite and why IT organizations are interested in device management with the cloud-based productivity platform.
The Origin of G Suite
G Suite was initially released in 2006 under the name Google Apps for Your Domain as a cloud-based alternative to the Microsoft suite of on-prem IT solutions. For example, Docs, Sheets, and Slides were some of the first Google apps. They were effectively cloud alternatives to Microsoft solutions Word, Excel, and Powerpoint (respectively), which were on-prem applications at the time.
As Google continued to develop the G Suite platform, IT administrators began to discover that Google services could replace the majority of longstanding Windows®-based IT solutions on-prem, such as Office®, Exchange®, SCCM® (formerly SMS), and even aspects of Active Directory to some extent. G Suite has been so successful that Microsoft had to create their own cloud-based productivity platform in 2011, called Office 365®, just to keep up.
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*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from JumpCloud authored by Vince Lujan. Read the original post at: https://jumpcloud.com/blog/device-management-g-suite/