Cloud Directory Feature G Suite™ Integration

As directory services join in the movement to the cloud, there are certain considerations that must be taken into account. One of the most foundational needs is the ability to integrate with critical IT resources. Many applications today are located in the cloud, and having native integrations are critical. One extremely popular solution that is used in the enterprise is G Suite. This productivity tool is used in businesses of all sizes, and integration with this tool can be vitally important for some companies. That is why in this post we will be talking about the cloud directory feature G Suite integration.

G Suite from an IT Perspective

G Suite burst onto the scene about a decade ago, and it has been bringing in customers ever since. It first emerged by the name of Google Apps, and it was debuted as a way to eliminate on-prem Microsoft Exchange, Office, and Windows File Server. It quickly became a huge hit, and has continued to grow over the years. In fact, over 4 million businesses now use the platform.

The challenge with G Suite is that it doesn’t have an accompanying directory service that helps manage the Google identities. There are Google user management features that are located within G Suite directory and Google Cloud Identity, but these tools are largely limited to managing access to Google Apps and a few select web apps. It’s hardly a comprehensive solution.

Google’s assumption has been that the on-prem directory service, Microsoft® Active Directory®, would continue to be the identity provider of choice for IT organizations. In fact, they built an integration tool called GADS (now called GCDS) to be the identity bridge between on-prem Active Directory and G Suite Directory. But we are now seeing that trend going away.

Moving Away From On-Prem Directories

In today’s IT environment, most admins want to shift their entire IT infrastructure to the cloud. Ideally, the G Suite instance would replace most of the productivity platform, and a cloud version of Active Directory would replace the identity provider. In this setup, admins could (Read more...)

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Jon Griffin

Jon Griffin works as a writer for JumpCloud, an organization focused on bringing centralized IT to the modern organization. He graduated with a degree in Professional and Technical Writing from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, and is an avid learner of new technology from cloud-based innovations to VR and more.

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