By Ryan Squires Posted October 22, 2018
Have you been searching the web high and low for a OneLogin™ discount? If you’re an IT admin, you may have submitted at least a few Google™ searches on this topic in an effort to increase or maintain your cost effectiveness. In this search, while cost savings may represent the bulk of your inquiry, there is no doubt you’re hunting for specific identity management solutions that can assist your users in streamlining their identity and access management workflow.
Searching for Solutions
It makes a great deal of sense that sysadmins are combing the web for these discounts as the IT landscape has changed dramatically to include cloud infrastructure, web applications, mobile users and technology, and more. These additions work together to create a very different identity management scenario, one in which legacy identity providers suddenly need help federating user identities to cloud-based resources. Some of this help came in the form of web application SSO providers
Enter OneLogin and SSO
One of the key players in this web application SSO marketplace is OneLogin. For the most part, web application single sign-on providers (or first generation Identity-as-a-Service platforms) like OneLogin are layered on top of the legacy on-prem identity provider (IdP) Microsoft® Active Directory® (MAD or AD). Web application SSO solutions are the layer that takes identities stored within AD’s domain controller and extends them to web-based applications. This approach makes a great deal of sense for organizations that are homogeneous, Windows®-only environments leveraging a few web apps. But, web-based applications weren’t the only new IT resource to throw a wrench into Active Directory’s effectiveness. Mac® and Linux® systems are now more popular than ever, remote server usage has grown, and new alternatives to file storage have entered the market.
With the inclusion of all these new resources and technologies into IT environments, each represent an additional layer on top of AD. So, IT organizations end up building up an entire identity management infrastructure with the identity provider, web app SSO (e.g. OneLogin), identity bridges (for Mac and Linux systems), privileged identity management, multi-factor authentication (MFA, 2-factor authentication or 2FA), and many more tools and solutions all stacked on top of AD like a house of cards. Suffice it to say, all of this added together results in a solution that is hardly cost effective and even worse to manage. There must be an easier way.
A Different Approach
The real strategy with a OneLogin discount is to consider a different approach to identity management all together. Now, the next generation of cloud identity management platforms is emerging that is replacing the Active Directory plus add-on tools approach. As a core identity provider, Directory-as-a-Service® securely manages and connects users to a wide range of IT resources including systems (Windows, Mac, and Linux), applications, files, and networks. And, it does all this regardless of platform, location, protocol, or provider. When we take all this into consideration, it becomes clear that identities are just as important to secure as anything else in the IT environment, perhaps more. Having a comprehensive identity management solution makes is easier for both the user and the sysadmin. It’s certainly easier for a user to remember one set of credentials than multiples. If a user does forget their password, self-service password changes enable them to get back to work faster, without involving a sysadmin. Speaking of which, benefits to the admin include centralized control and visibility which simplifies tasks like onboarding/offboarding, password complexity management, system management, and more.
Now that the next generation IDaaS solution has arrived, are you sure you’re looking for a OneLogin discount or are you looking for a cloud-based directory service like JumpCloud®? If you’re looking for a cloud identity provider, consider signing up today for a free JumpCloud account that will enable you to manage up to 10 users free, forever. Additionally, if you’d like to see the product in action, feel free to schedule a demo or browse our YouTube channel where we have a wide array of whiteboard videos, best practices, and tutorials available.