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G Suite™ Directory Review

With the recent introduction of Google® Cloud Identity, a G Suite Directory review may be in order. The various components of Google Cloud Identity management can be confusing. It’s also important to understand Google’s overall strategy and perspective when it comes to identity and access management (IAM) services. This blog post offers a G Suite Directory review, and discusses how Google identity management services compare to JumpCloud® Directory-as-a-Service®, but let’s start with the basics.

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What is G Suite Directory?

G Suite Directory Review - What is it?G Suite Directory has historically been the user store for G Suite users, although the term directory is somewhat misleading because it can make IT organizations think directory services, which G Suite Directory is not. Instead, their directory is really meant as a data store for Google users and attributes about them. To be fair, G Suite Directory does enable authentication to Google applications and services, as well as to a few, select web applications. However, this is often where the confusion comes in. The question is whether or not Google is using Google Cloud Identity to make the shift to become a more authoritative directory service, similar to AD but from the cloud. The short answer is no – Google Cloud Identity is really just an extension of G Suite Directory, whereby those user identities can be leveraged for other Google Apps and solutions.

Mixed Reviews of  G Suite Directory

G Suite Directory Review - The ChallengesFor IT organizations looking to leverage G Suite Directory as their core identity management platform, they should realize that identities hosted within Google aren’t portable and can’t be used to authenticate a wide range of platforms that operate outside of the Google ecosystem. This can include Windows, Mac, and Linux systems, on-prem applications via LDAP, cloud servers hosted at AWS® or Azure®, file servers such as Samba and NAS appliances, wired and WiFi networks, and much more. The bottom line is that G Suite Directory is really just another partial solution to the overall identity management challenges that IT must contend with on a day-to-day basis.

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*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Blog – JumpCloud authored by Vince Lujan. Read the original post at: https://jumpcloud.com/blog/g-suite-directory-review

Vince Lujan

Vince is a documentation and blog writer at JumpCloud, the world’s first cloud-based directory service. Vince recently graduated with a degree in professional and technical writing from the University of New Mexico, and enjoys researching new innovations in cloud architecture and infrastructure.

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