Google Apps Directory Sync (GADS), now called Google Cloud Directory Sync (GCDS), is a critical component of the G Suite™ solution. GADS is used to sync on-prem directory services platforms such as Microsoft® Active Directory® (AD) and LDAP with Google applications. Yet, as more IT resources shift to the cloud, IT admins have realized they need more than just a cloud identity bridge to Google apps. They also want to shift the majority of their on-prem identity management infrastructure to the cloud.
The good news is that the JumpCloud® Directory-as-a-Service® platform can not only serve as a more powerful GADS replacement, but also a comprehensive Active Directory replacement in the cloud. However, before we discuss the advantages of the JumpCloud platform in either context, we should talk about the role GADS has played through the years.
Why is GADS Important?
When Google Apps (now called G Suite) first came to market, IT admins had a really hard time managing user access. This was primarily because most IT organizations leveraged on-prem directory services platforms like Active Directory as the core identity provider (IdP).
While AD was great at connecting on-prem user identities to Windows® based IT resources, it was never designed to support non-Windows solutions living in the cloud. Consequently, IT organizations had to manage user access in two places – the on-prem directory service and then within G Suite as well.
Google realized they would need a way to connect on-prem user identities to their productivity suite to gain widespread adoption. That was the reasoning behind GADS, which is essentially a cloud identity bridge used to extend on-prem identities to Google applications and services. The result was that IT admins could leverage AD identities to manage access to G Suite via GADS.
Understanding Google’s Strategy
It’s interesting to note that, while Google is competing with Microsoft solutions like the Windows operating system, Office®, Exchange®, and Windows Server® to name a few, one solution that Google isn’t trying to attack is Active Directory. In fact, Google is assuming that IT (Read more...)