Okta partners with Google to secure cloud identities

0 Posted by - 30th August 2016 - Technology

Identity management vendor Okta and Google have announced a partnership aimed at getting enterprises to secure their users’ identities in the cloud.

As part of the deal, Google will use Okta as its preferred identity provider for Google Apps enterprise customers. Businesses that buy a ton of Apps for Work licenses will also be encouraged to use Okta’s services to manage how their users connect to business apps. 

Okta’s identity management product makes it possible for companies to create one central directory of employees, who can then use a single set of credentials to get into business software that they need to use. That includes Google Apps and a variety of other services like Salesforce, Yammer, and ServiceNow. 

In the deal, Google gets a cloud-native identity-as-a-service provider that it can use to entice enterprises to adopt its productivity suite and cloud platform. Okta gets access to massive customers that are looking to modernize their technology stack. That’s especially important for Okta as it goes up against a slew of competitors, including Microsoft, OneLogin, and others. 

Google already offers identity management through Apps for Work, but that system isn’t suited to apps that don’t integrate with Google products. The partnership was driven by Diane Greene, executive vice president of Google Cloud Enterprise and former VMware CEO, said Eric Berg, Okta’s chief product officer.

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