By Natalie Bluhm Posted March 12, 2018
Okta® is one of the premier web application single sign-on (SSO) providers. Despite Okta’s dominance in the web-app SSO industry, a number of IT organizations are searching for alternatives to Okta because they want more out of their SSO provider.
However, before we discuss alternatives to Okta, we should walk through how IT organizations are thinking of using the SSO platform.
How IT Uses SSO
Most organizations that are looking at Okta are thinking about the platform as an add-on solution to their identity and access management (IAM) architecture. Generally, these organizations are leveraging Microsoft® Active Directory® on-prem and have decided that they would like to federate those identities to web apps.
A web app SSO provider does a couple of things for organizations in this scenario. An SSO solution like Okta helps reduce friction for end users by allowing them to use one set of credentials to access all of their web-based applications. This, in turn, helps IT admins increase security in their environment because they are able to control user authentication to these web-based apps. So in using a web app SSO provider, IT organizations have been able to extend their on-prem identity management platform to the cloud. Of course, IT admins have realized that SSO isn’t enough.
Why SSO is No Longer Enough
While web app SSO platforms solve a critical need, IT organizations are looking at a broader set of issues. IT environments are moving to cloud infrastructure such as AWS®, preferring Mac® and Linux® machines over Windows®, and using a myriad of file storage solutions such as NAS appliances, Box, and Windows file servers. IT organizations are looking for True SSO solutions rather than platforms that just connect users to web applications. The good news is you don’t have to look any further for a True Single Sign-On™ solution.
Alternatives to Okta – True SSO
JumpCloud® Directory-as-a-Service® offers a True SSO approach to IAM that securely connects users to the IT resources they need regardless of platform, protocol, provider, and location. This modern IDaaS platform is delivered from the cloud for the on-prem, cloud, and remote resources you are utilizing in your IT environment.
This enables you to provide your end users with one set of credentials that they can use to login to their systems (Windows, Mac, and Linux), cloud and on-prem servers (e.g., AWS, GCP), legacy and web-based applications (using LDAP and SAML), file storage (via Samba), and wired and wireless networks (using RADIUS). Users gain a more productive workflow in accessing their resources and IT admins achieve a much more secure environment.
Interested in finding out more about alternatives to Okta? One way to do that is by dropping us a note. We’d be happy to walk you through why a cloud-based directory service might be a better solution for your environment. Of course, you are probably ready to put our True Single Sign-On solution to the test, so sign up for a free account. You will have full access to all of our directory services features, and your first ten users are free forever.