Everybody knows that Microsoft® Active Directory® (AD) is the king of the identity management space. For a variety of reasons, AD has been carving out its position at the top of the IAM mountain over the last two decades. But, we also know that Google is aiming to dethrone Microsoft from a number of markets. So, many IT admins are wondering if replacing AD with Google IDaaS (Identity-as-a-Service) heralds the end of AD’s reign.
Well, the short answer to that question is no. Comparing AD with Google IDaaS is like comparing apples and oranges. Perhaps the more relevant question is whether AD can be replaced with a cloud directory? The answer to that question is yes. First, though, we need to explain why AD and Google IDaaS are two different types of solutions. Let’s start by digging into what’s been going on in the identity and access management (IAM) market.
Active Directory’s Influence on the IAM Market
The modern IAM market commenced 20 years ago when Active Directory carved out its position as the core directory service for organizations. This happened because the vast majority of the IT resources were Windows®-based and on-prem when AD emerged in 1999. Active Directory was built to manage this exact type of environment, so it made sense that IT organizations quickly adopted AD when it was released.
There wasn’t any driving factor for IT to shift away from Active Directory until the IT landscape started to change. Google introduced Google Apps (now known as G Suite™ ) and Amazon introduced AWS®. Both of these cloud services were game changers. Simultaneously, Mac® and Linux® devices started to become more popular.
All of these changes started to put pressure on Active Directory as the core identity provider within an organization. IT admins started to need other solutions to complement AD and to cover for its inability to control non-Windows resources. A key solution that met IT organizations’ need was web application single sign-on (SSO) solutions or often called IDaaS platforms. These solutions would leverage AD user identities and (Read more...)
*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Blog – JumpCloud authored by Natalie Bluhm. Read the original post at: https://jumpcloud.com/blog/replacing-ad-with-google-idaas/