Azure Active Directory is a comprehensive identity and access management cloud solution that provides a robust set of capabilities to manage users and groups. It helps secure access to on-premises and cloud applications, including Microsoft online services such as Office 365 and many non-Microsoft SaaS applications. Azure Active Directory comes in three editions: Free, Basic and Premium.
Enable single sign-on to simplify user access to thousands of cloud applications from Windows, Mac, Android and iOS devices. Users can launch applications from a personalised web-based access panel or mobile app using their company credentials. With the Application Proxy module you can go beyond SaaS applications and publish on-premises web applications to provide secure remote access and single sign-on to them.
"Convenience is essential to our users. They want to get into their applications and get their work done as quickly as possible. They can do that more easily with Azure Active Directory."
Azure Multi-Factor Authentication prevents unauthorised access to both on-premises and cloud applications by providing an additional level of authentication. Protect your business and mitigate potential threats with security monitoring and alerts and machine learning-based reports that identify inconsistent access patterns.
"For doctors, every second counts. If they need to get into an application straight away to view an X-ray, for example, they can do that quickly and securely with Azure Multi-Factor Authentication."
Delegate important tasks to your employees, such as resetting passwords, and creating and managing groups. Provide self-service password change and reset, and self-service group management with Active Directory Premium.
Extend Active Directory and any other on-premises directories to Azure Active Directory to enable single sign-on for all cloud-based applications. User attributes can be automatically synchronised to your cloud directory from all kinds of on-premises directories.
Azure Active Directory Premium can provide the level of scale and reliability required by enterprises. It's a high-availability service hosted in globally distributed data centres. The service handles billions of authentications each day from more than 200 million active users and provides a 99.9% SLA.
Azure Active Directory offers developers an effective way to integrate identity management into their applications. Industry-standard protocols such as SAML 2.0, WS-Federation and OpenID Connect make sign-on possible on a variety of platforms such as .Net, Java, Node.js and PHP. The REST-based Graph API enables developers to read and write to the directory from any platform. Through support for OAuth 2.0, developers can build mobile and web applications that integrate with Microsoft and third-party web APIs, and build their own secure web APIs. Open-source client libraries are available for .Net, Windows Store, iOS and Android, with additional libraries under development.
Bring enterprise directory and identity management to the cloud with Azure Active Directory. Centrally manage employee access to Microsoft Online Services such as Azure, Office 365, Dynamics CRM Online, Windows Intune and thousands of non-Microsoft cloud applications.
Georgia State University (GSU) switched to cloud-based Microsoft Office365 and saved USD 1 million (£640,000) in operating costs to better support mobile and remote workers.