With the shifting IT landscape, IT admins are evaluating new ways of doing things. One of the key areas is identity and access management (IAM) and whether a cloud IAM solution is viable. There are many aspects to this market, but one question is as follows: is Google IdP a cloud directory?
Before we dig into this question, we need to step back in time to the 1990’s.
The Dawn of Modern IAM
The modern era of identity management really kicked off in 1993 with the creation of the LDAP protocol. This resulted in core directory services solutions such as Microsoft® Active Directory® and OpenLDAP™. These identity providers (IdP) would become core parts of an IT organization and securely connect users to their IT resources. In the case of AD, that was to Windows® resources, and with OpenLDAP it was Unix/Linux® systems and applications generally.
This approach to identity and access management worked well for a number of years, but as the IT environment started to shift, IT admins began to struggle with Active Directory. Mac and Linux systems, cloud infrastructure hosted by AWS® and GCP, Google Apps (known as G Suite™ now) and Office 365™, Samba files servers and NAS appliances, web applications, and many more IT resources all challenged IT organizations’ approach to IAM. What is Google’s stake in identity management?
Google’s Approach to Identity Management
Well, Google’s approach to identity management has largely been to stay out of the market and not compete directly with Active Directory. But as Google delivers more services, is Google IdP a cloud directory replacement to AD?
The short answer is no. Google IdP, also known as Google Cloud Identity, is really just a user management system for Google Apps and a few, select web applications. A cloud directory to replace Active Directory can be found with JumpCloud® Directory-as-a-Service®.
JumpCloud – The Modern Cloud Directory
*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Blog – JumpCloud authored by Natalie Bluhm. Read the original post at: https://jumpcloud.com/blog/is-google-idp-a-cloud-directory/