FreeRADIUS Competition

Written by Zach DeMeyer on May 19, 2019

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Is there even FreeRADIUS competition out there? Since FreeRADIUS has dominated the RADIUS (Remote Authentication Dial-In User Service) server market for many years now, it doesn’t seem like there are too many contenders on the market. The truth is that there is, in fact, competition for FreeRADIUS, but perhaps most interestingly, that the next long-term competitor of FreeRADIUS is… FreeRADIUS itself.

What Did You Just Say?

Let us explain. Traditionally, the competition among RADIUS servers has been a market grab between FreeRADIUS and other solutions, such as Microsoft® NPS (Network Policy Server) and Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine). As time has told, FreeRADIUS is the most dominant figure in this competition.

FreeRADIUS is an excellent RADIUS server and platform which is free to use. It does, however take time and money to actually implement and operationalize with on-prem servers. Generally, commercial solutions such as NPS and ISE are even more expensive to procure and run, which is just one reason why FreeRADIUS has performed so well in comparison.

FreeRADIUS in the Cloud

But now, as the market shifts to more cloud-based solutions, the actual competition for FreeRADIUS is really just an implementation of FreeRADIUS that is hosted in the cloud. With IT admins looking to purchase “as-a-service” solutions to off-load the time and energy needed to run a RADIUS implementation, it makes sense that a RADIUS-as-a-Service solution could be competition for FreeRADIUS.

This RADIUS-as-a-Service would ideally host multiple instances of FreeRADIUS via a global network of cloud-based servers. By doing so, IT organizations are essentially receiving all the security and scaling benefits of RADIUS, with none of the actual work involved with implementing the protocol on-prem. IT admins can simply point their wireless network or VPN infrastructure towards the RADIUS-as-a-Service, creating an easier and more secure method for network authentication almost instantly.

FreeRADIUS Competition: RADIUS-as-a-Service

The good news is that a cloud RADIUS solution does exist that leverages FreeRADIUS for its foundational RADIUS server infrastructure, but it enables IT admins to still use the standard RADIUS protocols. Even better is that the virtual RADIUS solution has been tightly integrated and streamlined with a broader identity management platform and infrastructure for even greater benefits.

RADIUS-as-a-Service is available from the cloud identity provider, JumpCloud® Directory-as-a-Service®. As a comprehensive cloud directory service, IT admins can use Directory-as-a-Service to manage user access to networks, Windows®/Mac®/Linux® systems, cloud servers, applications, infrastructure, file servers, and more, allowing a user to leverage a single set of credentials for virtually all of their IT resources. Directory-as-a-Service can also be used to enable and enforce security Policies, such as multi-factor authentication (MFA), across many of these resources and can even enforce MFA for RADIUS itself.

Since JumpCloud offers completely cloud-hosted RADIUS services in conjunction with identity management, there’s no doubt that it is certainly FreeRADIUS competition. After all, would you rather buy expensive on-prem servers and implement/manage them yourself or pay a small per user monthly fee and have all the leg work done for you? What’s better, for organizations looking to test Directory-as-a-Service, or SMBs under ten users, this RADIUS-as-a-Service can be used free forever.

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JumpCloud Directory-as-a-Service can be leveraged for your first ten users or less, absolutely free forever. Simply sign up for JumpCloud and start taking advantage of your free users today. If you have any questions, please contact us; we’d be happy to help you.

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