Comparing JumpCloud® vs Okta® and Intune®

Written by Ryan Squires on March 30, 2019

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IT organizations are starting to cobble together solutions to manage their infrastructure from the cloud. The primary concern is access to web applications as well as device management. That’s why IT admins are often pairing solutions such as Microsoft® Active Directory® with Intune® and Okta®. But, there are alternative solutions to this hodgepodge approach that may be more effective depending on your specific needs. That’s why comparing JumpCloud® vs Okta and Intune® can be so interesting.

Extending Active Directory via Okta and Intune

For many organizations that have been leveraging Active Directory for some time now, extending access and management control has been a critical task. With web applications and mobile devices taking over many enterprises, it makes sense why many IT admins would consider using Okta for web application single sign-on (SSO) and Intune for mobile device management (MDM). Both of these solutions are add-ons to the legacy, on-prem Active Directory solution, and they essentially end up creating a suite of IT management tools for both user and device management.

Moving to the Cloud

Sadly, this trio of IT management solutions won’t work for all organizations. Many organizations are making a wholesale shift to the cloud, and as a result, would like to move their identity provider (IdP) there too. Further, most organizations are shifting away from an all-Microsoft environment where the AD, Okta, and Intune suite of solutions thrives. Finally, access to cloud apps is critical, but many IT organizations also need to manage on-prem applications, Samba-based file servers, WiFi access, and more.

Three Reasons for JumpCloud

The result is that a next generation solution to IT management is needed, which is why many organizations are considering JumpCloud® Directory-as-a-Service®. First, JumpCloud makes use of the SAML protocol to federate user identities to countless web applications. Once IT admins configure the desired SAML 2.0 connectors in the Directory-as-a-Service platform, there is no additional configuration required on the part of an IT admin. You just select a user, or group of users, and assign permissions to the web applications they need.

Second, JumpCloud takes a platform-agnostic approach to system management, so it works with Windows®, macOS®, and Linux® with zero add-ons required. Your users get the choice of whatever operating system best fits their preferences, duties, and technical knowledge so that your users are empowered to use the best machines for their particular use cases. For the IT admin, JumpCloud employs GPO-like policies that work cross-platform. With them, you can enforce such security-minded policies as automatic OS updates, full disk encryption (FDE), and screen lock timers. Basically, instead of having to leverage three separate tools in order to manage web application access and system management, you can roll it into one cloud-forward solution. And because it’s in the cloud, you can perform these tasks from anywhere you can find a network connection.

Third, JumpCloud is a cloud-forward approach that manages a myriad of additional tools that would require further add-ons to AD. For example, your organization may require access to cloud infrastructure like AWS® or GCE via SSH keys, Samba / NAS storage devices, and secure access to WiFi networks with unique credentials. JumpCloud can do all of that by leveraging the most powerful protocols out there, specifically: SSH, LDAP, and RADIUS respectively. And, when new services make they way into the market, you can bet that JumpCloud will actively work to support those too.

Ready to Learn More About JumpCloud?

Comparing JumpCloud vs Okta and Intune can uncover some interesting scenarios. If you’re ready to let go of three solutions and put one in its place, sign up for a JumpCloud account today. Without having to input a credit card, you can manage 10 users and their systems free, forever. If you need to manage more than that, head on over to our pricing page and see how JumpCloud can scale with you as you grow. Further questions? Drop us a note, or check out our Knowledge Base for more.

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