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Google Cloud Identity

Cloud Identity is Google Cloud’s standalone Identity as a Service (IDaaS) which provides enterprises with simple, secure access for any user to any cloud application from any device. It provides organizations with a single pane of glass for visibility and unified administration.

Google Cloud Identity

What is Cloud Identity?

Cloud Identity is Google Cloud’s standalone Identity as a Service (IDaaS) which provides enterprises with simple, secure access for any user to any cloud application from any device. It provides organizations with a single pane of glass for visibility and unified administration of identity, application, and device management. It enables and accelerates the use of cloud-centric applications and services, but offers capabilities to meet organizational needs where they are with their on-premise identity access management (IAM) systems and apps.



Which Services are included in Cloud Identity?

 

Cloud Identity delivers:

 

User lifecycle management - Allowing admins at enterprises to create or import user accounts into a cloud-based directory, provision and deprovision accounts as people join their organization, change roles, and leave. Admins can manage everything from an easy-to-use mobile app.

 

Account security -- Allowing organizations to protect user accounts with 2-step verification methods like push notifications and one-time passwords (OTPs), enforce the use of phishing-resistant Security Keys for high-value users and applications.

 

Single sign-on: Enabling user convenience and security at scale by allowing users to access multiple apps using the same credentials.

Device management -- Letting company administrators manage Android, iOS, Chrome Browser, and other desktop devices from a central console. In particular, the administrator can enforce screen locks or passcodes, remotely wipe corporate data, view and search for devices, and export details.

 

App management -- Allowing companies to build a catalog of pre-approved third-party SaaS apps and enterprise mobile applications that its users can access, ensuring visibility and compliance.

 

Reporting and analytics -- Providing deep and granular ways to monitor your security and compliance posture with reporting and auditing capabilities, including log-ins and third-party app use. Admins can also set and receive alerts for suspicious activity.


Which Services are included in the premium edition of Cloud Identity?

 

This new paid offering builds on the Google enterprise directory primitives and easy inbound connector models featured in the free edition, adds the following:

  • Advanced mobile management
  • Advanced passcode enforcement
  • Security policies
  • Application management
  • Network management
  • Remote device wipe
  • Reporting
  • Application auditing
  • Company-owned devices flagging
  • Mobile audit
  • MDM rules

 

Who is eligible for Cloud Identity?

 

Cloud Identity is available to any organization looking for security needs: 

 

Net-new customers and prospects can sign up at cloud.google.com/identity or contact Google Partner.

Current G Suite customers already have many features of Cloud Identity built-in, but can easily provision additional free or paid Cloud Identity users from the admin console. 

Current GCP customers already have free cloud identity integrated into their workflow. They can provision additional paid Cloud Identity users from the admin console. 

Current Chrome/Android enterprise customers can provision free or Paid Cloud Identity users from the admin console.

For use of Cloud Identity, there is a Cloud Identity ToS that needs to be accepted by the customer from there end.

 

How can customers buy Cloud Identity (CI)?


 

Online Direct

Offline Direct

Via G Suite Reseller

G Suite customers

Cloud Identity (CI) Free and Premium available from billing section in the Admin Console

Add CI Free via offline (exception process for large customers)

Add CI Premium via the offline ordering channel

Add CI Free and/or Premium for your customer through the G Suite Reseller Console

GCP customers

Signup CI Free instance from GCP console. CI Paid will be available in the Admin Console

Add CI Free and/or Premium via the offline ordering channel

CI Free and/or Premium can only be added via the G Suite Reseller Console. GCP only resellers can’t resell CI. GCP customers resold by GCP-only resellers need to either go online/offline direct. 

Net-new Cloud Identity Customers

Signup for CI Paid from the marketing page. CI Free will be available in the Admin Console

Add CI Free and/or Premium via the offline ordering channel

Add CI Free and/or Premium for your customer through the G Suite Reseller Console




How many user IDs can be created with a Cloud Identity license?

 

All customers have a user cap which is determined by a number of factors, including their existing subscriptions and spend. Cloud Identity will increase this cap by 50 users. If the customer wants to create more users, they can request more from Google Support. Based on a number of factors, Support may approve or deny the request. 



Editions which support Cloud Identity Premium? 

 

G Suite Business 

G Suite Enterprise

G Suite for Education and for Government are NOT supported at this time.

 

Use Cases

Top use cases where G Suite customers need Cloud Identity accounts?


There are many G Suite customers who have field workers (e.g., factory workers, store workers, etc.) but they do not need collaboration services. Therefore, they end up storing the user IDs for these field workers in a legacy directory (e.g., LDAP directories or databases) with weak account security features. In some cases, these customers decide not to store user IDs at all. Cloud Identity provides a great opportunity for these customers to provide managed Google identities for all their field workers without any additional charge. And should they need additional features, particularly around mobile device management, the premium edition of Cloud Identity is a great choice.


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