By Ryan Squires Posted October 17, 2018
Over the last decade, first-generation IDaaS (Identity-as-a-Service) solutions have become quite popular. Essentially, these solutions are web application single sign-on (SSO) solutions that are connecting user identities from the legacy, on-prem identity provider (most likely Microsoft® Active Directory®, also called MAD or AD) to web applications. As the IT landscape shifts to include macOS® and Linux® endpoints as well as cloud infrastructure and other resources, admins are wondering if there is a next-generation IDaaS alternative that can simplify an organization’s overall IT management strategy.
First-Gen IDaaS Shortcomings
That good news is that a next-generation IDaaS alternative exists. But, before we delve too deeply into that cloud-based directory solution, we need to examine why we should consider an IDaaS alternative in the first place. Many first-generation IDaaS solutions (nee web app SSO platforms) are actually excellent at what they do. They tend to work like this: most organizations leverage AD on-prem and then layer an IDaaS solution on top to federate AD identities to web applications such as Salesforce®, GitHub, and DocuSign™. If those web applications were the only resources in IT infrastructures, it would work fine. But they aren’t; they’re merely one piece to the IAM puzzle.
In conjunction with the IDaaS solution, identity bridges, privileged identity management solutions, MFA tools, governance/auditing platforms, and others tools are each layered on top of Active Directory. As a result, IT admins are weary of their overall identity management infrastructure. There are simply too many different solutions, integrations, and failure points. These reasons don’t even get into the cost of implementing and configuring this cobbled-together solution. Thus, the reason for an IDaaS alternative. This new identity and access management tool ultimately signifies an alternative approach to identity management from the cloud.
Next-Gen IDaaS Triumph
JumpCloud® Directory-as-a-Service® is a comprehensive cloud identity management platform that includes a wide range of capabilities including directory services, web application SSO, cloud LDAP, RADIUS-as-a-Service, system management, privileged identity management, multi-factor authentication (MFA, two-factor authentication or 2FA), cloud infrastructure (AWS®, Azure®, GCP™) access, and much more. As a singular solution that works for all platforms, this cloud directory does not require an identity bridge, web app SSO add-on, MFA tools, and others to connect users to IT resources of all types under one roof. Or, under multiple roofs should you have remote workers. Try doing that from one pane of glass with AD and an SSO provider.
Learn More About JumpCloud
If you want to learn more about our IDaaS alternative that is a cloud-forward approach to identity management feel free to contact us. Also, make sure to sign up for a free account, so you can see how much easier it is to manage users with disparate IT resources. Your first 10 users are free forever, and they always will be. Also, visit our YouTube page for informational whiteboard videos, tutorials, and best practices.