Idaptive® vs Okta®

Written by Ryan Squires on March 19, 2019

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The web application single sign-on (SSO) space is certainly volatile. Newer followers to the industry may be curious about the rise of Idaptive®. What is Idaptive, and why is Idaptive vs Okta® suddenly a thing that IT admins are asking about? Those are good questions, and relevant in light of the changes that Centrify® recently made.

What is Idaptive?

Centrify originally hit the identity management scene as an add-on solution for Microsoft® Active Directory® (AD). With Centrify, IT admins could link their non-Windows® devices to their Windows-centric AD instance. Just a short time ago, however, Centrify split itself into two separate business offerings. Centrify retained the privileged identity management focus of their original product, and spun off the web application single sign-on side into its own company, Idaptive.

Thus, the conversation around Idaptive vs Okta makes a great deal of sense. As we know, Okta is the market share leader for web application single sign-on (SSO), which is also known as IDaaS (Identity-as-a-Service). So, comparing the SSO industry leader to an “up-and-coming” contender is the reasoning behind the battle of Idaptive vs. Okta.

Idaptive vs. Okta: Tale of the Tape

Both organizations have actually been building their SSO platforms for a while now, even though many are just now being introduced to Idaptive. Both organizations have thousands of web applications that they support, as well as integrated multi-factor authentication (MFA) for user identities in each solution. Truthfully, the web application SSO market is fairly similar across solutions in their focus, functionality, and capabilities. And, since each solution has been developed for so many years, they are robust and strong.

Traditionally, these IDaaS solutions have been integrated with a core directory service, like Active Directory. Of course, IT organizations have begun a mass shift to non-Windows-based IT resources, such as Mac® and Linux® systems, AWS® cloud servers, non-Windows file servers, WiFi, and more. Because of this, they struggle with the on-prem, Windows-focused Active Directory, and the result is they desire to find a new generation of solution that supports these needs, and subsequently can support web application SSO as well.

Next Generation IDaaS

A new generation of identity management platform is changing the landscape by replacing the need for Active Directory, as well as extending the directory services platform to include web application SSO as well. This solution completely changes the comparison of Idaptive vs. Okta into a discussion of optimizing identity management altogether.

Rather than just focusing on SSO, an individual facet of identity management, this next generation platform takes a more holistic stance. Much like AD’s early days, the cloud directory service creates a centralized identity that authenticates user access to all of their IT resources—systems, servers, apps, networks, files, and more. This solution is called JumpCloud® Directory-as-a-Service®.

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Directory-as-a-Service has reimagined Active Directory for the cloud era. You can try the product absolutely free, with ten users included free forever to boot. Also, you can see the product in use by scheduling a demo. If you have any questions about JumpCloud, feel free to check out our blog, or contact us with your questions.

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