Azure Active Directory is a comprehensive identity and access management cloud solution that provides a robust set of capabilities to manage users and groups and help secure access to on-premises and cloud applications including Microsoft online services like Office 365 and a world of non-Microsoft SaaS applications. Azure Active Directory comes in 3 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 personalized 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 unauthorized access to both on-premises and cloud applications by providing an additional level of authentication. Protect your business with security monitoring and alerts and machine learning-based reports that identify inconsistent access patterns to mitigate potential threats.
"For physicians, every second counts, If they need to get into an application right away to view an x-ray, for example, they can do that quickly and securely with Azure Multi-Factor Authentication."
Delegate important tasks such as resetting passwords and the creation and management of groups to your employees. Provide Self-service Password Change and Reset and Self-service Group Management with Azure Active Directory Premium.
Extend Active Directory and any other on-premises directories to Azure Active Directory for single sign on to all cloud-based applications. User attributes can be automatically synchronized 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. Azure Active Directory is a high available service hosted in globally distributed datacenters. The service handles billions of authentications each day from more than 200 million active users and provides a 99.9 percent SLA.
Azure Active Directory offers developers an effective way to integrate identity management in their applications. Industry standard protocols such as SAML 2.0, WS-Federation, and OpenID Connect makes sign-in 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 $1 Million USD in operating costs to better support mobile and remote workers.