The identity provider (IdP) is a critical component to IT infrastructure. When the time comes to reevaluate your current identity management setup, there are a number of different identity providers to consider, for example Microsoft® Active Directory® (AD), Google IdP, and JumpCloud® Directory-as-a-Service®. However, not all IdPs are the same. It’s essential to understand both the capabilities of the IdP and your organization’s unique identity management needs. This lays the groundwork for you to choose an IdP that best matches your requirements. If you’ve been asking yourself, “Is AD or Google IdP better for my environment?” You’ve found the perfect blog post. Let’s take a look at the types of environments Active Directory and Google IdP are suited for.
Active Directory – On-Prem Windows Environments
We all know that Active Directory has been the core directory service for most enterprise organizations over the past two decades. It is the market share leader in the legacy, on-prem identity provider category. AD can be an excellent choice for an all Windows® network and for those that are leveraging Azure® cloud services. These organizations are unable to move fully to the cloud and are forced to manage the AD instance on-premises.
Active Directory isn’t a good IdP option for organizations that heavily use Mac and Linux systems, remote servers, web-based applications, and have multiple office locations. Is Google IdP better than AD in this type of environment?
Google IdP – Not a Cloud AD Replacement
Google IdP is a cloud identity management solution aimed at managing user accounts on Google Apps, other Google services, and a few web-based applications. Google’s approach to identity management services has been interesting because their G Suite® and Google Cloud Platform solutions are head on competitors to Microsoft services such as Office 365™ and Azure. It wouldn’t be far fetched to think that Google IdP is a replacement for Active Directory. However, this simply isn’t the case for Google IdP. In fact, they have been focused on being a complement to AD rather than a competitor.
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