By Jon Griffin Posted April 13, 2018
The Identity-as-a-Service (IDaaS) market is one of the most important in the IT sector. IDaaS solutions are now sitting at the center of most IT networks, and are critical when it comes to controlling access, security, and efficiency. With so much focus on the IAM sector, there is a wide array of IDaaS competitors in the market. Which ones should you look at, and what is the future of IDaaS competitors? This blog post will answer those questions.
Introducing the Concept of IDaaS
The concept of IDaaS was first introduced a little less than a decade ago with the emergence of a new wave of web application single sign-on providers. These vendors brought to market a new generation of SSO solutions from the cloud. Analysts were quick to jump on these innovations, and were quick to distinguish them as a new category called IDaaS or Identity-as-a-Service. It was easy to see where the ‘as-a-service’ portion of the moniker came from, but the identity piece was not as easy.
These web app SSO providers were not the identity provider for an organization – that task remained on-prem with Microsoft® Active Directory®, which was the most dominant directory service in the space at the time. Instead, these first generation IDaaS solutions integrated with AD to federate identities to web applications. It’s for this reason we argue that the Identity-as-a-Service space should represent more than just web app SSO. But that’s another story.
With the emergence of a new market, a large number of companies soon followed. Many organizations emerged to play in the IDaaS space, and the competition quickly grew fierce. Many of these companies grew rapidly, and they provided significant value to IT organizations. By solving the issue of web applications being connected to the central directory, these solutions became a vital part of IT.
While this approach worked for a number of years, as the IT infrastructure continued to change and evolve this identity management architecture just wasn’t enough.
Cloud servers hosted at AWS®, Mac® and Linux® systems, on-prem file servers such as Samba file servers and NAS appliances, legacy applications, WiFi, and other IT resources all challenged the AD plus web app SSO approach. This setup just wasn’t built for all of these changes, and new third party solutions are now required to keep everything connected. This means more costly infrastructure, more complexity, and more hassle for admins. These challenges are the reason many IT organizations are looking to IDaaS competitors for a better way.
IDaaS Competitors Offer a Solution
As a result of this need, a new generation of IDaaS competitors has emerged to create a new type of cloud identity management solution. The leading approach to this has been JumpCloud Directory-as-a-Service® – a comprehensive cloud directory that features central user management, system management, cloud LDAP, RADIUS-as-a-Service, MFA, True Single Sign-On™, and more. Plus, it supports solutions regardless of the provider, platform, protocol, or location. This means IT admins can regain control over the decision making in their environment, leaving the vendor lock in of solutions like Microsoft AD behind.
The race for IDaaS supremacy is on and the IDaaS competitors with a focus on securely managing and connecting user identities to the IT resources they need will win. Check out how JumpCloud Directory-as-a-Service is doing this by signing up for a free account. We offer 10 users free forever, with full access to the platform. Alternatively, you can attend one of our weekly live demos of the product. You can ask questions there, or you can also reach out to the JumpCloud team. IDaaS competitors are catching up. Look into modern IDaaS solutions today!