For a long time, OneLogin’s pricing featured several different tiers, including their Free Plan. Admins could use a part of the SSO tool for a limited number of users and applications at no cost. However, OneLogin’s Free Plan ended in March 2019, and at that time, if you were using OneLogin’s SSO platform at no charge, then you either had to start paying or find an alternative. This article provides a brief overview of OneLogin’s services and suggests an alternative to the now obsolete OneLogin Free Plan.
When Did the OneLogin Free Plan End?
Free accounts with OneLogin were terminated on March 15, 2019. At that time, the data of organizations who chose not to begin paying OneLogin was permanently deleted.
OneLogin offered a Continuation Program, which is their name for a plan that bridged free customers to paid accounts. But the Continuation Program didn’t work for many OneLogin users due to budgetary restrictions — startups, especially, have to be careful about budgeting decisions.
Why The Price Increase?
When OneLogin first entered the web application SSO market, they used a free plan to allow IT admins to try their product. For SaaS businesses, this is a common tactic to get people “through the door” so that you can eventually upsell them to a paid plan.
While OneLogin didn’t offer a specific reason for the price increase, the bottom line is simple. After OneLogin had built their customer-base, gained name recognition, and attracted investment, they wanted to maximize their revenue.
What is a Good Free Alternative to OneLogin?
The challenge for most IT teams that are searching for a free SSO solution like OneLogin is that these point solutions are quite limited. They generally don’t offer SSH key management, LDAP, or RADIUS support, nor are any user and device management included in the features. Luckily, there are now comprehensive directory platforms on the market, such as the JumpCloud Directory Platform, that include SSO capabilities among all of the features listed above, and more!
JumpCloud’s feature set goes well beyond conventional SSO. The JumpCloud Directory Platform includes centralized user management, cloud RADIUS, hosted LDAP, system management, multi-factor authentication (MFA or 2FA), and much more. Further, since JumpCloud’s SSO solution can manage access not only to apps, but also to systems, networks, and data, we call it True Single Sign-On™.
Business News Daily has cited JumpCloud as the best free SSO solution for business. On top of that, G2 has also named JumpCloud as the top piece of free single sign-on software available. The JumpCloud Directory Platform is completely free for up to 10 users and 10 devices, and it’s a fully-featured alternative to the OneLogin Free Plan. Try JumpCloud Free, including all of its features and capabilities, by signing up for an account today. If you want to add more than 10 users and 10 devices after trying out the platform, check out our pricing structure, and see how JumpCloud can help you scale.
The Bigger Picture: SSO, IDaaS, and Directory Services
While OneLogin built their business on web application single sign-on, IT organizations can benefit from a broader approach to identity and access management (IAM). This approach is sometimes called IDaaS or Identity-as-a-Service, and it lives under the umbrella of IAM.
Historically, IAM has been dominated by the historical, on-prem commercial directory service: Microsoft Active Directory. This identity provider (IdP) works well in a traditional all-Windows environment. But, as the IT landscape has changed over time with the addition of cloud infrastructure, web applications, macOS and Linux systems, non-Windows file servers like NAS and Samba, and more, IT admins started to look for add-ons to Active Directory to handle these non-Windows platforms. This demand resulted in the creation of a group of first generation IDaaS offerings such as OneLogin and Okta, both of which offer SSO for web apps. Other alternatives in the web application single sign-on space include: Google Cloud Identity, Microsoft Azure AD and Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS), and AWS Single Sign-On.
Web app SSO was the right solution at the time — organizations with existing directory services could use SSO to extend their users’ core identities to cloud apps. But in many ways, these SSO solutions were a short-term solution to a long-term problem. In the decade since OneLogin was founded, IT environments have only become more heterogeneous, and the best way to solve this is at the level of the directory service, or core identity provider. This explains why so many modern organizations aren’t just looking to add SSO to Active Directory anymore, but instead to replace AD altogether with a far more comprehensive cloud-based platform.
This is where JumpCloud comes in. JumpCloud securely manages and connects users to their IT resources, including systems (Windows, Mac, Linux), web and on-prem applications via LDAP and SAML, cloud and on-prem servers (e.g. AWS, Azure, GCP), physical and virtual file servers (Samba / NAS appliances), and wired and WiFi networks through RADIUS. This True SSO experience has essentially reimagined Active Directory for the modern era.
The Best IAM Solution – Regardless of Price
If you’re just looking for a free alternative to OneLogin, then you’ve come to the right place. JumpCloud’s feature set covers many of OneLogin’s major functions (and more!), and allows you to operate at absolutely no cost. There are no gated features in JumpCloud’s free tier, only a limit of 10 users and 10 devices.
But regardless of price, we believe that JumpCloud is the best long-term IAM solution for many organizations, and tens of thousands of IT organizations have made the jump to our cloud directory platform as their identity management solution of choice. With the JumpCloud Directory Platform, you not only gain a True Single Sign-On solution for virtually all of your IT resources but also a fully-fledged directory service for apps, infrastructure, data, and networks.
If you’d like to try an alternative to Free OneLogin that amounts to more than just a trial, sign up today for a JumpCloud account to get started in just a few minutes. If you have specific questions about your environment, don’t hesitate to contact us directly. We’re always happy to help.