By Natalie Bluhm Posted February 1, 2018
One of the hottest categories in the IT sector has been the identity and access management market for web application SSO (single sign-on). The average small to medium sized business uses 50+ SaaS products, so there’s no doubt that IT admins are looking for solutions to secure and streamline user access. IT admins are often asking the question of whether Okta or OneLogin™ SSO is better.
Okta and OneLogin are just two of the many players in the SSO market. Major tech giants like Google, Microsoft® and AWS® also have their hands in this cookie jar, so it can be a difficult task to determine which solution is better for your IT environment. The thing is, Okta or OneLogin SSO might not even be the solution you are looking for. So, let’s take a look at the problem web app SSO providers were created to address.
Web App SSO was Created to Help Active Directory®
Before web-based applications were created, the typical user utilized Microsoft Windows® for their system, Microsoft Office for productivity software, and Microsoft Exchange for email. IT admins used Microsoft Active Directory® on Windows Servers to manage users and systems. Suffice it to say, the office was dominated by on-prem, Microsoft technology. Then the first major SaaS product, Salesforce, revolutionized how applications and software were delivered. The ease of use and low costs has resulted in thousands of SaaS products available today.
The dominant identity provider at the time, Active Directory, wasn’t built to connect with these non-Microsoft, web-based applications. But this didn’t change the fact that IT still needed to manage user access to this new resource. So web app sso providers emerged.
Okta or OneLogin SSO
Web app SSO providers have done well, and both Okta and OneLogin SSO have matured over the last ten years. Both SSO solutions were built well, and both support thousands of applications. They also integrate seamlessly with Microsoft Active Directory and OpenLDAP™ – the core identity providers most organizations are using. For many implementations, there isn’t a substantial difference between the two. We have also recently seen quite a few organizations that leverage G Suite or Office 365™ take advantage of the free SSO solution from Google and Azure.
While it’s hard to go wrong with a web app SSO provider, ultimately most IT admins are rethinking how they want to approach the overall concept of cloud identity management. They know that web-based applications are just one IT resource that Active Directory is struggling to connect with in today’s modern office. This also means that Okta or OneLogin SSO providers are delivering a solution that only solves part of their IT needs. A modern core identity provider needs to manage the authentication and authorization of on-prem applications, cloud infrastructure, systems, cloud and on-prem file storage, WiFi access, and much more. The right cloud identity management platform doesn’t just provide single sign-on to web apps, but also to a wide range of IT resources. This approach is called True SSO and transcends web application SSO providers.
A Better Solution Than Web App SSO
True Single Sign-On™ provides IT admins with one platform where they can manage user access to systems (Windows, Mac, and Linux); legacy and web-based applications; physical and virtual file storage; and wired and wireless networks. IT admins can finally abandon their costly, cumbersome, multi-solution approach in favor of a single, cloud-based, comprehensive core identity provider.
Learn more about why you should consider JumpCloud Directory-as-a-Service® in conjunction with or instead of Okta or OneLogin SSO, by reaching out to us. If you are eager to test this core cloud identity provider, sign up for a free account. You’ll be able to test all of our features and your first ten users are free forever.