OneLogin Alternatives

Written by Brenna Lee on October 15, 2021

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A common question that comes up often across the industry is, “What are the alternatives to OneLogin?”. This is even more common now that OneLogin has been acquired, and the industry seems to be moving quickly in the direction of more holistic, sustainable identity and access management (IAM) solutions.

OneLogin is a web application single sign-on (SSO) platform, and SSO is one of the hottest segments of the identity management arena right now. Organizations often look for OneLogin alternatives to compare pricing, scalability, other notable features, ease-of-use, and more. The important thing to note here is that OneLogin is a single sign-on point solution, and when searching for alternatives, you’ll find two things: 

  1. Other SSO point/add-on solutions
  2. Comprehensive cloud identity and access management platforms with built-in SSO capabilities among many other useful features

The existence of these options forces organizations to pose the question, “What do I need out of an SSO solution?” in order to find the best, viable option for their specific needs.

The Scope of OneLogin

In the early and mid 2000s, first generation IDaaS solutions emerged and quickly became a valuable part of the IT management tool set — OneLogin being one of those relatively early IDaaS platforms

Their functionality has expanded a fair amount since their inception in 2009, and OneLogin’s general goal has simply been to connect users to the web applications they need to access. Historically, OneLogin has integrated with Microsoft Active Directory (AD) in order to execute this goal. By itself, OneLogin does not profess to be a fully-featured identity management system or directory. While it can act as an add-on to an existing directory, it does not include the management features of a full-fledged directory service.

How OneLogin Works

OneLogin uses the SAML protocol as well as the user’s username/password to insert into web application sign-in forms. This is simple and effective for auto-filling login information that can make accessing apps easier for end-users. 

More specifically, during authentication to the OneLogin portal, the end user’s password is transmitted over a secure network connection and the password is validated against the relevant trusted user store (AD or OneLogin itself). Once authenticated, the user can then access a catalog of applications authorized for their individual use.

In regards to SAML authentication via OneLogin, an app is configured to use OneLogin as the only source of trusted authentication. There are no passwords used — the app authenticates the user based on a secure token from OneLogin. The user simply clicks on the app’s logo within the OneLogin portal.

Lastly, in form-based authentication, OneLogin pushes credentials to auto-fill a web form using the browser extension in order to authenticate a user. This makes it so OneLogin cannot store passwords as a hash, which gives way to some significant security concerns.


OneLogin Single Sign-On Alternatives

There are a handful of directory add-on alternatives to OneLogin across the web application SSO market, such as Okta, Google Cloud Identity, and AWS Single Sign-On. For those large scale IT organizations looking for more of an on-prem solution, Ping Identity might also be worth evaluating.

The reason that these major companies entered the SSO market in the first place is that they want to own an organization’s identities and leverage that to lock in customers to their platform. For example, take Google Cloud Identity. With this IDaaS platform, Google wants you to leverage it so that you have an easier time controlling access to Google Workspace, Google Cloud Platform, and a few select web applications. In another instance, Microsoft would have you use the Azure Active Directory web SSO features to lock you into Microsoft 365. With AWS, they would have you leverage their credentials to access other web applications. Their goal isn’t to necessarily provide you with open platforms and broad choice, but rather to use SSO features as a reason to have your core identities within their platform.

With this in mind, if all your organization is looking for is to extend identities to web applications, all of these solutions are interesting options. But, many IT organizations are looking to go beyond the on-prem Microsoft Active Directory plus web application SSO architecture to a completely cloud hosted directory service. Further, these IT admins are looking for a way to have a single identity that connects their users to whatever IT resources they need regardless of platform, protocol, provider, and location. This movement away from AD allows organizations to have more choice, flexibility, and control over their diverse and modern IT environment without being tied solely to Windows devices and on-prem infrastructure. 

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Identity and Access Management Alternatives

As the cloud identity management market evolves, web app SSO solutions such as OneLogin are turning out to be only a small part of the overall market. In the early days of IT, IDaaS was a concept that was somewhat unnecessary for IT admins, as the majority of organizations were Windows-centric, and they relied on Active Directory on-prem to link users to all of their Windows-based IT resources. As time progressed, however, these systems were joined by non-Windows platforms like Mac and Linux, as well as cloud-based servers, web applications, NAS appliances, and Samba file servers among others which all subsequently challenged the usefulness of AD.

That’s when IDaaS solutions came in. Using a web application SSO solution, IT organizations could link together their AD-based solutions to the variety of useful web applications from companies like Google and Amazon, among others, as well as connecting non-Windows platforms. The demand for web app SSO solutions such as OneLogin began to grow. Since demand started to grow, prices followed, and web application SSO providers started to hike up their per user prices. Pricing along with other factors such as the limits to what an SSO platform can manage along with the on-prem nature of Active Directory created some discontent.

Almost all web app SSO providers connect to AD and extend it, but none of them can replace it. They’re just not comprehensive enough to connect to all of the IT resources leveraged by end-users. IT organizations can integrate AD with a bunch of identity management tools like web app SSO and identity bridges, but then identity management becomes costly and cumbersome.

Now, modern IT organizations are looking to reset their view of identity management by replacing Active Directory. Largely viewed as unthinkable a few years ago, savvy IT admins are now asking how they can completely shift Active Directory to the cloud.

In this scenario, alternatives to OneLogin become really interesting — they are far more complex with a plethora of helpful features. A new generation of cloud identity management solutions has recently emerged to function as both a directory platform and a comprehensive IAM solution that includes SSO, MFA, MDM, PAM, IGA, and more. Our solution — JumpCloud Directory Platform, is a next generation platform that shifts the entire directory service function to the cloud and provides never-before-seen flexibility. 

This cloud directory platform securely manages and connects users to both on-prem and cloud resources. This includes devices, cloud servers at AWS, Google Workspace or Microsoft 365, web applications, WiFi networks, VPNs, on-prem and virtual file servers, and much more. JumpCloud Directory Platform, as an all-encompassing alternative to OneLogin or Okta, becomes the central user management platform with SSO capabilities, and it can still integrate with web app SSO platforms, if needed.

This approach to identity management integrates a wide range of capabilities so that IT organizations have one, single identity provider (IdP) to handle authentication, authorization, and system management functions.


Weighing OneLogin Against Other Options

JumpCloud is a comprehensive IAM and SSO solution that provides users with consistent satisfaction across many different facets of identity and access management. This is because we offer not just directory services and SSO, but also MFA, MDM, PAM, Cloud RADIUS, Cloud LDAP, and more! Stop finding add-ons to throw into your IT environment as band-aids, and implement a comprehensive cloud directory platform today that can scale with you.

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Brenna Lee

Brenna is a Content Writer at JumpCloud that loves learning about and immersing herself in new technologies. Outside of the [remote] office, she loves traveling and exploring the outdoors!

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