Why Use JumpCloud Over OneLogin

Written by Katelyn McWilliams on December 12, 2018

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The identity and access management (IAM) space can be quite complicated. Over the last several years, there has been a slew of different approaches to identity security and user management. With these new changes we hear from time to time the question: Why use JumpCloud® over OneLogin™?

When trying to decide whether your organization should utilize one platform over the other, there are a few key points to consider. But, before we can definitively answer why you should use JumpCloud over OneLogin, let’s take a detailed look at the Identity-as-a-Service (or IDaaS) market as a whole.

The History of IDaaS

If you were to look at the IT landscape in its early days, there was hardly a need for an entire IDaaS market. Most organizations were Windows®-based, utilizing Microsoft® Active Directory® (AD), an on-prem directory service, to connect end users to their IT resources. However, as time went on, non-Windows resources began to crop up. Mac® and Linux® systems, web applications like Salesforce®, productivity platforms like G Suite™, Samba file servers, NAS appliances, and many more really put a strain on AD’s ability to connect users to their resources.

These challenges that Active Directory was facing is what brought about the need for IDaaS solutions. Web application single sign on (SSO) solutions allowed organizations to connect their Windows identities to the vast expanse of non-Microsoft resources. But as time goes on and we continue to shift further from the traditional Windows environment, it gets ever more difficult to stack solutions on top of Active Directory to make it platform agnostic.

A Look Inside OneLogin

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OneLogin has made a name for themselves as a fast follower to the web application SSO market leader, Okta®. Determining whether or not your organization needs an SSO solution depends on your entire approach for identity and access management. Generally, organizations are leveraging an on-prem directory service such as Active Directory alongside an SSO solution like OneLogin or Okta, in order to extend their Windows identites to the cloud.

So, if you’re finding it difficult to stack third party solutions on top of AD, it may be time to go back to the basics and replace your identity provider (IdP).

Directory-as-a-Service: A Cloud-based Directory

JumpCloud is primarily focused on being the cloud-based directory service alternative to Active Directory. In fact, JumpCloud’s Directory-as-a-Service® (DaaS) platform is designed to function as the authoritative identity provider for web app SSO solutions such as OneLogin and Okta, acting as a base layer essentially. So, in this respect, it’s easy to see how the relationship between JumpCloud and Onelogin may actually be more complementary than competitive.

However, for organizations that are searching for a core directory service that can securely manage and control user identities to systems, applications, file servers, and networks all from the cloud irrespective of platform, protocol, provider, or location, then JumpCloud Directory-as-a-Service is a great fit.

So, Why Should You Use JumpCloud Over OneLogin?

An ideal single sign-on platform would leverage one identity to allow user access all of their IT resources, wouldn’t it? Well that’s possible through Directory-as-a-Service, implementing True Single Sign-On™. With LDAP, SAML, and RADIUS protocols, JumpCloud connects users to applications on-prem and in the cloud, as well as to their WiFi networks. This opens up communication tools like Slack, dev platforms like GitHub, helpdesk software like Freshdesk, and cloud infrastructure like AWS®, all with one unified identity. Providing endpoint management, JumpCloud is a third-party cloud directory service that manages Windows, Mac®, and Linux® users and systems whether on-prem or remote.

If you’re ready to replace your on-prem directory service and SSO solution duo with Directory-as-a-Service’s True Single Sign-On, sign up for a free account! Signing up doesn’t require any payment information and your first ten users are free forever. If you’d like to see the product in action you can schedule a demo, or if you have any other questions feel free to contact us.

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