By Zach DeMeyer Posted June 21, 2018
As the web application single sign-on (SSO) market heats up, many IT organizations are exploring the array of SSO options. Also known as Identity-as-a-Service (IDaaS), SSO platforms expedite the login process required for a variety of web applications, and some vendors have recently added support for on-prem applications as well. As an early entrant in the space, OneLogin™ is one such IDaaS. Many are asking, however, is there a OneLogin™ competitor that makes sense to consider?
IDaaS: What is it?
Before we can look at OneLogin and its competitors, let’s look at the history of the IDaaS market itself. 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 relied on Microsoft® Active Directory® (AD) on-prem to link users to all of their IT resources, which were Windows applications as well. 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 what an SSO platform can manage along with the on-prem Active Directory created some discontent. As said earlier, the question arose: is there a viable OneLogin™ competitor?
The IDaaS Market Today
In fact, for those interested in web application SSO, there isn’t just a single OneLogin competitor. In actuality, there are around a dozen or more on the market that are worthy of your consideration. Major tech titans such as Google, Microsoft®, and Amazon are all entering the web application SSO market. This makes sense as these organizations are trying to leverage their interest in the identity management space to drive more business to themselves for their other services. These organizations view identities as a way to lock in their customers to their services by creating one consolidated platform.
If all an IT organization is looking for is to extend their 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.
An All-in-One OneLogin Competitor
The good news is that there is an alternative to web application SSO that not only integrates single sign-on capabilities to web applications, but also to on-prem apps, systems (Windows, Mac, Linux), cloud and on-prem servers (e.g. AWS®), physical and virtual file servers (NAS appliances, Samba file servers, Box®, and more), and wired and WiFi networks via RADIUS. This approach to identity management is integrating a wide range of capabilities so that IT organizations have one, single identity provider that will handle authentication, authorization, and system management functions.
This cloud-based identity management platform is called JumpCloud® Directory-as-a-Service®, and it is a reimagination of Active Directory for the cloud era. The all-in-one OneLogin competitor provides the capabilities of a web-app SSO, but leverages a full directory service as well. While it seems like a lot to ask from one cloud directory solution, JumpCloud holds up to expectations, delivering a True Single Sign-On™ experience that ensures ease-of-use for both IT admins and their users.
To learn more about how JumpCloud is a viable OneLogin competitor, contact us with questions or concerns. Our support team would be glad to assist you. If you feel that JumpCloud might be the option for you, schedule a demo to see what it can do for you, or explore it yourself for free for ten users forever.