Every industry has bitter rivals. Baseball has the Red Sox and the Yankees. Fast food has McDonalds’ and Burger King. And, cloud-based productivity suites have Office 365™ (aka O365) and G Suite™ (formerly Google Apps). The two offerings, from Microsoft® and Google®, respectively, have been pitted against each other in the productivity space for over a decade and now more recently in the cloud productivity and platform space. Surprisingly, despite their “bitter rival” status, many companies leverage both solutions in their day-to-day operations. As a result, IT admins are looking for one cloud directory service for O365 and G Suite.
The Battle of O365 and G Suite
It’s rather doubtful that many pundits predicted that organizations would use both platforms, but from an IT perspective, it makes a great deal of sense. Both Office 365 and G Suite have their strengths and weaknesses. For instance, Office 365 integrates smoothly with other Microsoft offerings and the widely used Windows OS. G Suite, on the other hand, provides sleek cloud collaboration at a cost-conscious price. For the modern, heterogeneous IT environment, the utility of both is a tantalizing prospect.
The result is that many organizations leverage both productivity platforms within their organization. Unfortunately, because the two tech titans compete, they don’t make it easy to manage the other’s solution. This, of course, makes a great deal of business sense. Why give up market share to your biggest competitor? For IT organizations, however, this only increases the difficulty of managing both solutions amidst the slew of other resources that each organization uses.
A key consideration of the management process for organizations leveraging both O365 and G Suite is user management, or securely managing and connecting users to each respective cloud platform. Office 365 leverages Azure® Active Directory® to support this effort, while G Suite uses Google Cloud™ Identity and G Suite Directory. In implementation, both Azure AD and Google Cloud Identity are rather similar. In essence, they are both user management solutions for their respective productivity platform, as well as a web application single sign-on (SSO) solution for (Read more...)
*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Blog – JumpCloud authored by Zach DeMeyer. Read the original post at: https://jumpcloud.com/blog/one-cloud-directory-o365-g-suite/