G Suite Directory (also known as Google Identity Management Services) is a popular cloud identity management solution for IT organizations. However, G Suite Directory does not include system management capabilities. That is one reason why IT admins are interested in the JumpCloud Directory-as-a-Service® platform – because it has the power to combine G Suite Directory and system management capabilities.
G Suite Directory and JumpCloud Directory-as-a-Service create a dynamic duo. The combination of the two solutions enables IT admins to manage user access to virtually any IT resource with Google credentials. Before we explain how, let’s outline why IT organizations want to combine G Suite Directory and system management.
G Suite Directory and System Management
G Suite Directory is effectively a management platform for Google apps and services. In essence, Google Identity Management Services enable IT admins to manage Google user identities and authenticate user access to various Google resources and a select group of web applications.
G Suite Directory is a great tool for connecting Google user identities to Google services. The challenge is that Google identity management capabilities are almost entirely exclusive to Google services. In other words, IT admins are out of luck if they wish to manage IT resources that live outside of the Google ecosystem with G Suite Directory.
For example, one critical function that Google identity management services lack is the ability to manage the system itself. Systems are the conduit to an organization’s IT resources, including Google services. So it is easy to understand why the ability to manage user access to systems is critical in modern IT organizations.
Traditionally, IT admins have leveraged Microsoft® Active Directory® (AD) for system management. AD pioneered the concept of system management in 1999, and has been the most dominant system management solution ever since.
The system management capabilities native to Active Directory come in the form of Group Policy Objects (otherwise known as GPOs). GPOs enable IT admins to manage a fleet of Windows systems from one central management platform. They can be used to configure a wide variety of system policies like (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/g-suite-directory-system-management/