By Zach DeMeyer Posted November 19, 2018
Looking for an Okta® renewal? Like all things, licenses for the single sign-on (SSO) solution have an expiration date. No need to get bleak, however, for there are some considerations when thinking about renewing yours. Ultimately, it depends on your organization’s stance regarding identity and access management (IAM). Most IT shops originally purchased the web application single sign-on platform to complement their on-prem identity provider, Microsoft® Active Directory® (AD). The challenge is not that Okta is a bad solution, but rather the consideration of alternatives to the AD + SSO method of authentication because of the constantly evolving identity management industry.
SSO: Missing the Mark?
From the get go, the web application SSO industry solved an important need—the ability to extend identities (usually from Active Directory) to web applications. But, as time progressed, it was apparent that SSO platforms weren’t enough in the face of a changing IT market. The Windows-centric workplace began to dissolve as Mac® and Linux® machines have become more popular. IT admins and DevOps engineers are leveraging AWS® for cloud infrastructure. Cloud and on-prem file servers using Samba and NAS appliances are more widely used than ever. All of these changes to the IT landscape have forced IT organizations to rethink their identity management approach.
Due to this widespread range of disparate IT resources, SSO providers like Okta aren’t the only add-on solution to AD being leveraged by IT admins. Identity bridges, MFA, VPN, governance and compliance softwares, and more are common tools patched onto AD instances to meet the demands of the modern era. Ultimately, it means that there’s more than just an impending Okta renewal on the calendar up in the IT office. An ideal identity management option would be one that unified the core abilities of AD, web application SSO, and other tools into one solution, available from the cloud.
Okta Renewal & JumpCloud Directory-as-a-Service
JumpCloud® Directory-as-a-Service® is such a solution. Directory-as-a-Service (DaaS) is a cloud directory service. Instead of focusing on just one particular area of identity management, DaaS covers a number of critical areas, starting at the system level. Although it is much like Active Directory, JumpCloud has reimagined AD, offering a scalable, platform-agnostic (Windows®, Mac®, or Linux®) authentication experience to the modern IT shop.
If you are up for Okta renewal, here’s something to consider. Since it is based in the LDAP, SAML, and RADIUS protocols, Directory-as-a-Service offers a True Single Sign-on™ experience for IT organizations’ systems, applications, file servers, and networks. It makes you wonder, why spend the money on Active Directory, an Okta renewal, and the host of other add-on tools you may be leveraging, when one solution could do the trick all by itself? By acting as the source of truth for identities, JumpCloud can also be used in conjunction with Okta, for users of the SSO service who have already renewed but want to save money on Active Directory.
Regardless of your choice to execute your Okta renewal or not, JumpCloud offers a unified and holistic approach to identity management that is suited to the cloud age of IT. You can learn more about Directory-as-a-Service by contacting us or by visiting our blog or YouTube Channel. Try JumpCloud today to see the product for free first hand. It includes ten users and doesn’t require a credit card.