You Need More Than Single Sign-On

Written by Jon Griffin on February 5, 2018

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Single sign-on (SSO) solutions have been extremely popular over the last decade. In fact, the first generation IDaaS solutions have produced quite a few majorly successful companies. Cloud-based identity and access management is in high demand. But, as IT organizations know, conventional SSO doesn’t cover everything in IT infrastructure. Admins need more to keep up with the vast amount of cloud infrastructure in the enterprise today.

Why SSO Became So Popular

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SSO wasn’t a standalone industry until the popularity of web applications took off. Before the rise of Salesforce and Google Apps, the majority of applications were located on the hard drive of a Windows machine. These on-prem applications could easily be controlled by the core identity provider, Microsoft® Active Directory®, and as a result there was never a need for SSO providers. The rise of web applications changed that.

Unfortunately, AD didn’t do a great job of managing access to web apps. Without a way to control access to these applications, admins needed a way to connect AD to the cloud apps that were taking over. A whole generation of web app SSO solutions emerged to address this challenge. These solutions were built on top of AD, and they leveraged the core identity provider to federate access to web applications. The result was IT organizations having an on-prem AD instance, and a third party SSO platform stacked on top. This approach worked well when the network was largely on-prem with Windows systems, applications, and file servers. But as admins know the IT environment continued to change, and it did so rapidly.

More Third Party Solutions

The more infrastructure changes that appeared in the IT landscape, the more Active Directory began to struggle. The data center shifted from being on-prem to being hosted at AWS, Google Cloud Platform, and other IaaS providers. Mac and Linux machines started to become more popular with end users than Windows machines. Windows file servers were being replaced by cloud storage, NAS appliances, and Samba file servers. All of these changes were causing the identity to split into fragments, and giving admins a splitting headache. The more holes that AD began to show, the more admins needed to purchase additional third party solutions and manage increasingly complex environments. Now that many enterprises are attempting to go full cloud, the only thing AD is doing is forcing companies to keep one foot on-prem. These challenges are driving a new approach to identity management.

No longer is AD in combination with web app SSO a comprehensive identity and access management approach. IT organizations want to go beyond traditional IDaaS and SSO to a full cloud identity management solution.

JumpCloud is More than Single Sign-On

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Fortunately, such a solution exists. With JumpCloud Directory-as-a-Service®, admins can securely manage and connect users to systems (Windows, Mac, and Linux), legacy and web applications (via SAML and LDAP), cloud and on-prem servers (AWS, GCP, internal data centers), cloud and on-prem storage solutions (e.g. NAS appliances, Samba file servers, Box), and wired and WiFi through RADIUS. The cloud-based directory is offering much more than single sign-on does alone, and it is propelling offices into the future of IT.

With JumpCloud Directory-as-a-Service, IT organizations can go beyond single sign-on with a solution that does it all from one central location. If you would like to see it for yourself, stop by and sign up for a free account. JumpCloud offers 10 users free forever, with no credit card required. This enables you to have a perfect environment to test the features out and see the platform in action. If you would prefer to see a live demo, you can sign up for a demo here. Reach out to the JumpCloud team if you ever have any questions, or search our extensive Knowledge Base for in depth guides. Sign up for the modern cloud directory today!

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