G Suite Single Sign-On vs. OneLogin Single Sign-On (SSO)

Written by Rajat Bhargava on October 4, 2016

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One of the hottest segments of the IT landscape is Identity-as-a-Service. This category emerged as the single sign-on category in the 2000’s. OneLogin is one of the players in the category and has built a strong web application single sign-on practice.

Google took note of the success that Okta, OneLogin, Ping Identity, and others have had and recently created their own SSO solution leveraging SAML.

Ultimately, IT admins are thinking hard about whether it’s G Suite Single Sign-On or OneLogin Single Sign-On. Interestingly, the concept of SSO is part of a bigger discussion than just the Identity-as-a-Service marketplace. We’ll get to that later.

But, first, we should describe whether G Suite SSO or OneLogin SSO is right for your organization.

Differences between OneLogin and G Suite Single Sign-On

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Both solutions are useful in their own right. OneLogin has built a deep web app SSO solution with thousands of applications in their catalog. If your organization uses a wide variety of applications, then OneLogin could be an excellent choice for you.

Additionally, OneLogin isn’t bound by protocols such as SAML. OneLogin can sign users into virtually any website because they will store your passwords for you similar to a password manager.

G Suite SSO on the other hand is built on OAuth and SAML. The G Suite SSO catalog pales in comparison to OneLogin’s, but they have targeted the most popular applications. If your organization isn’t as wide with the number of web applications, G Suite Single Sign-On may just be sufficient.

While it lacks the bells and whistles of OneLogin’s web app SSO solution, it makes up for that in cost and integration. The G Suite SSO solution is already included with G Suite and already integrated into the user management part of G Suite, called G Suite directory.

Which SSO Solution is Right for You?

As IT admins consider SSO, they are subjected to an interesting question:  

“Should SSO extend beyond just web applications?”

In today’s identity management world, the answer is yes. When SSO solutions emerged, Microsoft Active Directory was the de facto choice of directory services. SSO was built on top of that AD foundation.

Today’s modern, cloud-forward organization isn’t built on top of Active Directory. As a result, IT admins now are struggling with how to tie all of their identity management pieces together. G Suite and OneLogin SSO are just a small piece of the overall identity and access management infrastructure.

IT admins need to provide and control access to:

  • Systems
  • Cloud servers
  • On-prem applications
  • Storage infrastructure
  • Networks

Neither G Suite directory, nor OneLogin SSO fully support this view. Directory-as-a-Service® is the core, authoritative cloud identity management platform that is True Single Sign-On™.

True SSO Includes System and Infrastructure Access

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Directory-as-a-Service integrates with both G Suite and with OneLogin.

But beyond the integration with the SSO providers, the cloud hosted directory authenticates user access to their laptop or desktop, AWS cloud servers, on-prem applications such as OpenVPN, and WiFi networks.

It is the core identity provider for an organization – in effect, replacing Active Directory or OpenLDAP in the network.

Learn More About Directory-as-a-Service


If you would like to learn more about whether G Suite Single Sign-On or OneLogin Single Sign-On is right for you, drop us a note. Alternatively, consider how Directory-as-a-Service can be your overarching identity management platform. You can sign-up for a free account and try it for yourself. Your first 10 users are free forever.

Rajat Bhargava

Rajat Bhargava is co-founder and CEO of JumpCloud, the first Directory-as-a-Service (DaaS). JumpCloud securely connects and manages employees, their devices and IT applications. An MIT graduate with two decades of experience in industries including cloud, security, networking and IT, Rajat is an eight-time entrepreneur with five exits including two IPOs, three trade sales and three companies still private.

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