Using G Suite and Active Directory? There’s a better way.

Updated on September 23, 2020

Do you have one foot in the cloud with G Suite™ and one foot on-premises with Microsoft® Active Directory®? That can be a tricky balancing act for even the most experienced IT administrator. But the challenge of managing Windows® applications as well as web applications (plus cloud infrastructure, third-party storage solutions, and networks spanning multiple locations) isn’t going away.

When Two Isn’t Better Than One

When Google introduced G Suite (originally Google Apps) it caught fire in enterprises immediately. The cloud-based approach didn’t require additional software or on-prem hardware, and Gmail didn’t need to integrate with many different solutions (e.g. you just used the web interface to do email). Organizations could easily adopt it, and users were happily productive out of the gate. 

Enthusiasm for G Suite hasn’t waned. In fact, quite the opposite.

This spring, at the start of pandemic lockdown and the quick, massive pivot to work from home, Google reported surpassing 6 million G Suite paying customers. In fact, with millions of people working from home, by March, the Google Meet video-calling service had 25 times more users than it did in January of this this year. 

With all its benefits to organizations and users, G Suite doesn’t eliminate the need for a separate identity and access management (IAM) solution, namely AD. That means, for most organizations, managing both a cloud-based and on-prem infrastructure is now a clear reality. 

Given the reality, the hard truth is that if you’re simultaneously operating in the cloud and on-prem, then you’re simply not operating at full efficiency. Fortunately, the good news is there’s an alternative: the cloud directory platform.

Why Cloud Directory Platforms Make Sense

A cloud directory platform allows you to move your directory services entirely to the cloud and still fully support your end users. With a cloud directory platform, you won’t need your AD server. In many cases, the only on-prem hardware you’ll have to manage is your WiFi network equipment. And for most IT organizations, that’s a significant game changer. 

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*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Blog – JumpCloud authored by Brandon White. Read the original post at: https://jumpcloud.com/blog/google-apps-and-active-directory