Beyond Web Application Single Sign-On

Written by Greg Keller on December 5, 2016

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A whole host of cloud identity management players have focused on web application single sign-on. They have created valuable businesses and products in the category. In today’s shifting IT landscape, however, many IT organizations are looking beyond web application single sign-on. These IT admins are choosing True Single Sign-On.

AD and the Early Days of Web Application Single Sign-On


Web application single sign-on emerged in the early 2000s when web applications were gaining popularity. At that time, the IT infrastructure was significantly different than it is today. Microsoft Windows was the leading operating system and everything was largely hosted on-prem. As they started to use web applications, IT organizations had to confront the problem that their Microsoft Active Directory was no longer able to control everything that was in their environment. As a result, a new category of solutions emerged called single sign-on (SSO). Those solutions focused on web applications since Microsoft AD had covered the internal IT infrastructure.

Microsoft’s Hold Begins to Unravel


Over the course of the next decade, AD no longer connected to a majority of the IT resources within an organization. There was a massive shift to macOS and Linux devices. Windows was now only one out of five devices [Forbes]. AWS became the de facto data center instead of IT organizations building their own. The majority of those cloud servers are Linux based. G Suite (then Google Apps for Work) became one of the most popular ways that organizations ran their email. Microsoft Exchange was being replaced by GApps and even by Microsoft’s own Office 365. With all of these changes, IT organizations started looking for replacements for Active Directory.


Web application SSO solutions were a natural place to look. Unfortunately, those solutions – sometimes called Identity-as-a-Service platforms – only focused on the web application sector. And what IT organizations needed was a central user management platform. With a diverse IT infrastructure and resources located in the cloud and on-prem, IT admins desire a solution that can act as a True Single Sign-On platform. They need a unified cloud directory that can authenticate, authorize, and manage systems, applications, and networks regardless of platform (Windows, macOS, and Linux) or location. In order to make that happen, a cloud identity management platform needs to support multiple protocols, including LDAP, SAML, SSH, RADIUS, and REST.

JumpCloud® has a Fresh Spin on SSO

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Directory-as-a-Service® is the ideal solution for IT organizations searching beyond web application single sign-on. This virtual identity provider functions as a True Single Sign-On solution managing identity access for a user’s laptop/desktop, their servers, web application, on-prem LDAP-based applications, and their network access. Directory-as-a-Service unifies a user’s identity to reduce friction and frustration for end users and enable more control for IT organizations.

Net More with Directory-as-a-Service

If you would like to learn more about how you can move beyond the web application single sign-on, drop us a note. Please feel free to try our Directory-as-a-Service platform. You can sign up for a free account. Finally, remember that your first 10 users are free forever.

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