G Suite, formerly known as Google Apps, offers an amazing set of productivity solutions. From email, to spreadsheets, to video conferencing tools, and many other services, Google has made G Suite a staple in the modern enterprise. But is it possible to handle system and user management with G Suite as well? Many admins are also wondering, “Can G Suite can serve as your domain controller?” This post will answer that question.
The Evolution of G Suite
Google took the first step on the road to G Suite when they introduced a hosted email solution for organizations: Gmail. This was designed to replace the need to purchase and implement Microsoft Exchange servers, and move email to the cloud. G Suite has evolved a great deal since then. Google decided to challenge Microsoft’s monopoly in productivity applications, namely Microsoft Office with their own suite of tools. At the time this was introduced as Google Apps, and it caught fire in the enterprise.
Google chose to go after these solutions because they were relatively simple to develop and for IT organizations to implement. Gmail and Google Apps were easy to adopt, and this meant that Google didn’t need to have an enterprise sales and implementation approach. On top of that, there weren’t any requirements to have additional software or hardware on-prem. It was a truly cloud-based approach. IT organization could easily try the solution and, if they ended up liking it, purchasing was right in the platform.
Google Avoids the Identity Management Infrastructure
Google took great strides replacing Exchange and Microsoft Office, but the flip side of the coin was the identity management infrastructure – namely Microsoft Active Directory® (AD) – and they never made much of a challenge in that field. This was largely because of how thoroughly AD had permeated the enterprise. AD and the domain controller were on-prem infrastructure that intertwined with everything being used at the time. This meant the network, systems, file servers, applications, and more were all controlled by Microsoft (and created by them too). AD required a great deal of implementation support (Read more...)
*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from JumpCloud authored by Jon Griffin. Read the original post at: https://jumpcloud.com/blog/can-g-suite-serve-domain-controller/