G Suite Identity Bridge – Connecting On-prem with the Cloud

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As IT admins are shifting their infrastructure to the cloud with solutions such as G Suite®, the question becomes how do you bridge identities between the on-prem world and the cloud? Is there a G Suite identity bridge that can connect the two? After all, the use of a hybrid cloud environment is expected to grow by 66% over the next two years (Suse).

Let’s take a look at how organizations have been managing their hybrid environment in the past, and how a new solution is improving the identity bridge space.

G Suite, Microsoft, and the Modern Office

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Back in 2015, Google reported G Suite (known as Google Apps back then) had 2 million paying business customers. In 2017, TechCrunch announced G Suite had reached 3 million paying business customers. So, G Suite is steadily finding its place in the business world. Google’s productivity platform has largely been competing against Microsoft® with a focus on Microsoft Exchange, Windows File Server, and Microsoft Office. What about Microsoft Active Directory®? Is G Suite trying to compete with AD? Well, G Suite isn’t really able to replace Active Directory, nor is it Google’s intention. This is a fair question though because many organizations that are using G Suite are still leveraging Microsoft Active Directory on-prem.

Instead of trying to replace Active Directory, Google is encouraging IT organizations to leverage the concept of an identity bridge to federate on-prem AD identities to G Suite Directory. Google’s native solution for this is called Google Cloud Directory Sync (formerly known as Google Apps Directory Sync), but unfortunately it still requires more on-prem hardware, software, and management.

Hybrid Environments need a Cloud G Suite Identity Bridge

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The whole idea behind moving towards a hybrid cloud environment is to move away from on-prem hardware, not add more. IT organizations want to take advantage of the cost reductions, improved productivity, and increased agility and innovation that come with using more of the cloud (Suse). The good news is that Google Cloud Directory Sync (GCDS) is no longer the only option (Read more...)

*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from JumpCloud authored by Natalie Bluhm. Read the original post at: https://jumpcloud.com/blog/g-suite-identity-bridge-connecting-prem-cloud/

Natalie Bluhm

Natalie is a writer for JumpCloud, an Identity and Access Management solution designed for the cloud era. Natalie graduated with a degree in professional and technical writing, and she loves learning about cloud infrastructure, identity security, and IT protocols.

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