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"The main control page and the ability to manage all our users from a web-based portal are the most valuable aspects of the solution. That's particularly useful because we're a heterogeneous network.""The Cloud Identity is well advanced in terms of features, applications, and the components that it is offering.""Although we have not looked at the whole product and explored it completely, we find that all the authentication features that we are using now are valuable.""The most valuable feature is the performance.""The most valuable feature is that you can manage users from one central location.""I think the first thing that is great is that it gives you a lot of features, like login, and then vaulted passwords and secure LDAP. It becomes easier for the end customer to leverage all those features without going to a higher SKU of G Suite."

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"This solution serves as the basis to understand the MS SSO and MFA capabilities.""The ability to grant access to other organizations is helpful.""The interface is well laid out and it is easy to navigate.""The most valuable feature is that it is very easy to implement, you don't need a lot of effort to set up the solution. This is the most advantageous point, that you can do anything on Azure without taking too much time.""The single sign-on is very convenient for us.""The most valuable feature is the ease of scalability.""The single sign-on of the solution is the most valuable aspect.""The most valuable feature is the ability to set up conditional access, where you can enforce users to connect using multifactor authentication."

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Cons
"The solution needs to better integrate with Mac's OS.""The interface could be improved by simplifying it further.""To improve the product, the integration with third-party products could always be smoother.""The pricing for this solution is a little bit higher than AWS and others, which is something that should be improved.""In the next release, I would like to see integration with different systems, mainly wireless SIEMS and other analytical systems that we want to introduce.""They are going ahead and adding a few more things to the Google Cloud premium edition. Their stock management and remote computer management can be improved."

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"The SSO MyApps interface is very basic and needs better customization capabilities.""Microsoft needs to add a single setup, so whenever resources join the company or are leaving the company, all of the changes can be made with a single click.""My only pain point in this solution is creating group membership for devices.""I would rate it an eight out of ten. The price plays a factor in the rating.""It would be ideal if the solution moved to a passwordless type of environment. It's the future of authentification. It's also more secure and convenient.""I think the documentation and configuration are both areas that need improvement.""We would like to have more granularity in the Azure conditional access in order to be able to manage more groups for devices and for applications.""Technical support could be faster."

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"We probably spend about $50,000 a year on licensing.""Licensing fees are on a yearly basis.""The product is billed on a monthly basis depending on the number of users.""The fees are paid monthly and there are no additional costs other than the licensing fees."

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"Licensing fees are paid on a monthly basis and the cost depends on the number of users.""This product is sold as part of the enterprise package and our licensing fees are paid on a yearly basis.""MFA and P2 licenses for two Azures for fully-enabled scenarios and features cost a lot of money. This is where Okta is trying to get the prices down.""We are a non-profit organization, so we get good prices from Microsoft for their products. It is working well, but it could be cheaper. For the type of organization we are, it would be good if they could give a little bit more and be more generous like Google, which has completely free services. Microsoft has free versions or web services called Office 365 E1, which is free for use, but we want to have it with more qualified clients."

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Iain Dall
author avatarRohit Zanwar
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Both identity providers have their own pros and cons. Google doesn't have a road map for device management though they have recently announced support for windows 10 & Ubuntu. I would recommend Microsoft Azure Directory for its access control management features. I would like to know your requirement for further inputs.

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Top Answer: Both identity providers have their own pros and cons. Google doesn't have a road map for device management though they have recently announced support for windows 10 & Ubuntu. I would recommend… more »
Top Answer: The most valuable feature is that you can manage users from one central location.
Top Answer: The fees are paid monthly and there are no additional costs other than the licensing fees.
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Cloud Identity is an Identity as a Service (IDaaS) and enterprise mobility management (EMM) product. It offers the identity services and endpoint administration that are available in G Suite as a stand-alone product. As an administrator, you can use Cloud Identity to manage your users, apps, and devices from a central location - the Google Admin console.

Azure Active Directory Premium provides single sign-on to thousands of cloud (SaaS) apps and access to web apps you run on-premises. Built for ease of use, Azure Active Directory Premium features multi-factor authentication (MFA); access control based on device health, user location, and identity; and holistic security reports, audits, and alerts.

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Find out what your peers are saying about Google Cloud Identity vs. Microsoft Azure Active Directory Premium and other solutions. Updated: January 2021.
456,812 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Google Cloud Identity is ranked 3rd in Identity and Access Management as a Service (IDaaS) with 6 reviews while Microsoft Azure Active Directory Premium is ranked 2nd in Identity and Access Management as a Service (IDaaS) with 12 reviews. Google Cloud Identity is rated 7.6, while Microsoft Azure Active Directory Premium is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Google Cloud Identity writes "Offers fine-grained access control and good visibility of cloud resources". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Microsoft Azure Active Directory Premium writes "Easy to use, accessible from anywhere, and very stable". Google Cloud Identity is most compared with Okta Workforce Identity, Microsoft Intune, VMware Workspace ONE, Cisco Meraki Systems Manager (MDM+EMM) and SailPoint IdentityNow, whereas Microsoft Azure Active Directory Premium is most compared with Okta Workforce Identity, CyberArk PAS, SailPoint IdentityNow, ForgeRock and Thales SafeNet Trusted Access. See our Google Cloud Identity vs. Microsoft Azure Active Directory Premium report.

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