By Zach DeMeyer Posted April 18, 2019
Is there a free Okta® version that IT organizations can leverage? As Okta has gone from a tech startup to one of the largest identity enterprises, they have made significant changes to their product delivery. Specifically, since their inception, there is no longer a “free forever” version of Okta.
You can leverage an Okta free trial, but that is generally limited to 30 days of usage before having to pay for their service. Further, Okta imposes pretty steep minimums with indications that they don’t offer discounts until 5,000+ users.
This upheaval in costs isn’t surprising. Okta has grown quickly and has become the market share leader in web application single sign-on (SSO). In fact, as of the beginning of this year, Okta is reported to have over 100 million registered users.
As the company has continued to go up in the market, they have shifted their main focus towards enterprises. For the most part, Okta can be an excellent option for large enterprises, but it seems to be estranging smaller businesses. With this shift of focus, their pricing has continued to increase into the $25 per user per month range. This may be a reasonable price for larger companies, but it is a bit out of budget for smaller companies needing SSO. Thus, the hunt for a free Okta, or at least an alternative, continues.
As IT admins know, web application single sign-on has been a staple add-on to the on-prem Microsoft® Active Directory® identity provider, along with other solutions such as multi-factor authentication (MFA), directory extensions, and others. These add-on solutions mostly came about when the inadequacies of Active Directory were confronted by modern IT resources.
At its basest, Active Directory (AD) is designed to manage identities for on-prem, Windows® resources, like PCs running the OS, Office, Exchange, and other applications. So, when non-Windows and cloud resources started to enter the IT market, AD started to struggle. For instance, the on-prem identity provider could not federate identities to web applications, which were rapidly gaining traction in the workplace. Single sign-on tools arose to connect identities stored in AD to cloud applications. While effective, all of these add-ons also added more cost and infrastructure to an organization’s identity and access management (IAM) approach.
Free Single Sign-On
For small organizations looking for a free web application SSO platform, there are some options available. But, perhaps more interesting is that there is a cloud identity provider that offers free SSO and is a replacement to Active Directory and other add-ons.
This all-inclusive identity and access management platform is available completely free for ten users forever. For cost-conscious small businesses, having ten free users in a cloud directory service can be invaluable. Larger businesses can scale their directory service instance as necessary, following a per user pricing model with discounts for organizations exceeding 100 users.
This cloud directory service is called JumpCloud® Directory-as-a-Service®. Directory-as-a-Service offers a True Single Sign-On™ experience akin to AD’s earliest days, connecting users to virtually all of their IT resources. These include systems, applications (cloud and on-prem), networks, servers, and more, regardless of end user choice of platform, provider, protocol, or location.
Try JumpCloud Free
While there may not be a free Okta, you can use JumpCloud for free today. Simply sign up for Directory-as-a-Service and start exercising your ten free users today. If you would like to see the product in action first, you can schedule a demo of the product. Please contact us with your questions and comments.