Google IdP Replacement

Google IdP Replacement

 In Blog, Google Cloud, Identity Provider

Google has been making a significant push into the modern enterprise. Google isn’t content to be just a search engine provider. Now they also want to be the cloud infrastructure for an organization. With Google’s identity provider (IdP), G Suite™, and Google Cloud Platform, IT admins are wondering what IT services they can shift to Google’s cloud services. However, as IT organizations start leveraging these IT services more and more, many are starting to realize they need a Google IdP replacement.

Why are IT admins looking for a Google IdP replacement? Answering this question requires examining Google’s approach to identity management. After we do that, we’ll walk you through JumpCloud Directory-as-a-Service®, a suitable Google IdP replacement for modern IT environments.  

Google as an Identity Provider

Recently, Google Cloud Identity was introduced to help IT organizations manage their Google users and connect them to third-party web applications. So why are IT admins in the market for a Google IdP replacement? Often the reason is that the organization has outgrown the scope of Google IdP and is ready for a true, enterprise-grade identity provider. Google IdP is really a user management system to Google Apps and services, along with a few select third party resources. It’s not designed to serve as the single identity provider for a large organization with complex, heterogeneous infrastructure.

While Google IdP does a great job at connecting users to Google services and web-based applications, Google doesn’t integrate with many IT resources users are still using on-prem. For example, Google IdP can’t provision user access to their Mac, Linux and Windows® systems, networks, on-prem applications, and physical file storage like NAS devices. A core, complete directory service should be able to connect users to all of their IT resources regardless of platform, location, provider, or protocol. So, despite their efforts on Google Identity Management Services, Google IdP is not meant (Read more...)

*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Blog – JumpCloud authored by Natalie Bluhm. Read the original post at: https://jumpcloud.com/blog/google-idp-replacement/

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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