Organizations of nearly all sizes likely have an Active Directory domain of some sort. These range from a small number of Windows servers or desktops to the largest enterprises with thousands of servers. They might be simple configurations with just a few domain controllers, or incredibly complex configurations with multiple sites, clusters, and different types of domain controllers. All types of organizations consider it a critical piece of infrastructure for their Authentication, Authorization, and Auditing (AAA) platform.
Any number of internal and external enterprise self-hosted or Software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications and hardware appliances (for example, storage arrays) can integrate with and rely on AD for authenticating access to the application and its data.
Learn about Google Cloud’s Managed Service for Microsoft Active Directory for customers that need AD but do not want to manage the underlying aspects of it, such as supporting the Windows operating system or maintaining security best practices around AD configuration.