What if you could do more with G Suite® identities? What if your users could also use their G Suite credentials to log in to their system and to gain access to the WiFi? With more than 3 million paying businesses, G Suite has proven to be a strong competitor in the productivity application market. A common question we hear is whether G Suite identities can be used beyond Google Apps and services. The short answer is yes, but it takes integrating with a third party identity management platform to make that happen.
First, let’s take a look at what Google is doing in the identity management market.
Identity Management in the Eyes of Google
Google recently expanded the concept of G Suite identities to cut across a wider range of Google services. They have also changed the name to Google Cloud Identity. A Google Cloud Identity can be your G Suite identity, your identity for Google Cloud Platform, AdWords, and many more Google Apps. While this is a great step, it’s not what IT admins had in mind when it comes to doing more with G Suite identities.
IT organizations that have centralized their environment around G Suite are often cloud forward, looking to eliminate more of their on-prem infrastructure, and potentially even replace their Microsoft® solutions. G Suite is a great alternative to Office 365TM and Microsoft Exchange. However, can it replace the on-prem, Microsoft directory service Active Directory® (AD)?
Google IDaaS is not an AD Replacement
With G Suite Directory and Google Cloud Identity services, replacing AD on-prem isn’t really a goal. Google’s goal is to be a user management system for Google services and also to be an authentication source for a few, select web applications. In this context, you should think of Google IDaaS as a web app centric approach to identity management. The challenge with this is that most IT organizations also need to manage and authenticate their on-prem resources such as Windows, Mac, and Linux systems, cloud servers hosted at AWS, legacy applications, Samba file servers (Read more...)