Azure Active Directory
Identity and access management for the cloud
- Single sign-on to any cloud and on-premises web app
- Preintegrated with Salesforce, Office 365, Box and more
- Enforce multi-factor authentication with SaaS
- Works with multiple platforms and devices
- Integrate with on-premises Active Directory
- Enterprise scale and SLA
Identity and access management for the cloud
Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) is a comprehensive identity and access management cloud solution which gives you a robust set of capabilities to manage users and groups. It helps secure access to on-premises and cloud applications, including Microsoft web services like Office 365 and many non-Microsoft software as a service (SaaS) applications. Azure AD comes in three editions: Free, Basic and Premium.
Simplify user access to any cloud app
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. Use the Azure AD Application Proxy module to go beyond SaaS applications and publish on-premises web applications to provide highly-secure remote access and single sign-on.
"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."
Protect sensitive data and applications
Azure Multi-Factor Authentication prevents unauthorised access to on-premises and cloud applications by providing an additional level of authentication. Protect your business and mitigate potential threats with security monitoring, alerts and machine learning-based reports that identify inconsistent access patterns.
"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."
Enable self-service for your employees
Delegate important tasks to your employees, such as resetting passwords and creating and managing groups. Provide self-service password change, reset and self-service group management with Azure AD Premium.
Integrate with Azure Active Directory
Extend Active Directory and any other on-premises directories to Azure AD to enable single sign-on for all cloud-based applications. User attributes can be automatically synchronized to your cloud directory from all kinds of on-premises directories.
Get enterprise scale and SLA
Azure AD Premium editions give you the scale and reliability required by enterprises. It is a high-availability service hosted in globally-distributed datacenters. The service handles billions of authentications each day from more than 200 million active users and gives you a 99.9% SLA.
Use a rich standards-based platform for cloud authentication and access management
Azure AD gives developers an effective way to integrate identity management into their applications. Industry-standard protocols such as Security Assertion Markup Language 2.0 (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 partner web APIs and build their own highly-secure web APIs. Open-source client libraries are available for .NET, Windows Store, iOS and Android, with more libraries under development.
Bring your directory to Azure for Office 365 and beyond
Bring enterprise directory and identity management to the cloud with Azure AD. Centrally manage employee access to Microsoft web services such as Azure, Office 365, Dynamics CRM Online, 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.
"St. Luke’s uses Azure Active Directory Premium to manage employee access to on-premises applications and software-as-a-service apps"
"Azure Active Directory Premium makes life simpler for the business and for employees. It gives them access to enterprise applications from any device with a single sign-on that is secure and reliable. That is fundamental in increasing the adoption of cloud technology."
—Kapil Mehta: Productivity and Directory Services Manager
—Bristow Group Inc.
"We give them a username and password and they are able to reset their own passwords through Azure Active Directory. This is important, because we have such a small IT staff."
Scott Bentzel: Director of IT
"Without Azure Active Directory integrated with our 2,100 customers’ AD databases, we simply could not manage all the passwords and logon activities of the many hundreds of thousands of teachers and students who make up our customer base”
Evan Clark: Founder & CEO
"The company will be deploying the Enterprise Mobility Suite for three cloud-based services—Microsoft Azure Active Directory Premium, Microsoft Intune and Azure Rights Management—for user identity and access management, mobile device management and file and data protection capabilities"
Azure Active Directory supports thousands of preintegrated SaaS apps for single sign-on
Explore your free cloud directory todayEvery Azure customer has a free instance of Azure Active Directory to manage identities and access to all Azure services. You can use this cloud directory or create a new one to manage access to Office 365 and other SaaS applications. Get a brief overview of Azure Active Directory and see how you can get started.
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