Comparing JumpCloud® vs Google Cloud™ Identity

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Google Cloud™ Identity recently made a splash in the market by promoting their Cloud Identity platform as a means to manage access to Google apps and other web applications. Because of this push, there is sometimes a bit of confusion when comparing JumpCloud® vs Google Cloud Identity. In this blog post, we’ll seek to eliminate that confusion and help you decide what’s best for you and your IT organization.

Organizational Needs

Google Cloud Identity and Organizational NeedsWhen comparing these two cloud identity management platforms, it’s best to consider your needs in order to understand which can be best for your use case. As IT organizations shift to hosted identity management solutions, different organizations will, of course, have different needs since foundations across organizations are rarely the same: some have a fleet of Macs,® while others are Windows® and Linux® heavy. It all varies. For the sake of this comparison, though, we will focus on three components. First, your organization may need to replace on-prem Active® Directory®. Second, you may want to extend identities to web and cloud resources. Third, it may be important for your organization to access Google, Azure®, and/or Amazon® cloud infrastructure resources. These three areas are a good jumping off point to begin your comparison between JumpCloud vs Google Cloud Identity.

What is Google Cloud Identity?

G Suite LogoGoogle Cloud Identity is a user management system for Google applications and their infrastructure-as-a-service component of Google Cloud (called Google Compute Engine™ or GCE). In addition to this capability, Google Cloud Identity allows users to login to a select group of web applications. While helpful, this tool was really designed to manage access across the portfolio of Google Cloud properties first and foremost. It was never Google’s intent to build a replacement to Microsoft®Active Directory® (MAD or AD). Instead, Google focused on the productivity aspects of Microsoft’s business with solutions like Gmail™, Docs™, and Sheets™. But, there is no impetus to federate access to AWS®, O365, Azure, or the variety of existing legacy applications, networking infrastructure, or even on-prem systems (Windows, Mac, (Read more...)

*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Blog – JumpCloud authored by Ryan Squires. Read the original post at: https://jumpcloud.com/blog/vs-google-cloud-identity/