By Ryan Squires Posted February 9, 2019
OneLogin™ LDAP is often overlooked as an LDAP alternative. It makes sense too, because OneLogin’s focus has largely been centered on web application single sign-on (SSO). Recently, OneLogin has added virtual LDAP services for clients that need LDAP authentication as well. For IT admins considering this solution, a core question is whether the web app SSO and LDAP combination is enough to serve their identity and access management (IAM) needs.
Active Directory, SSO Add-Ons, and LDAP
The overarching philosophies and best practices surrounding identity management are creating questions that IT admins now have to face daily. Inevitably, the core of those questions always comes back to Microsoft® Active Directory® (MAD or AD) as it has effectively been the default IAM solution for two decades. With the shift from on-prem Windows®-based networks served by AD to mixed-platform and cloud-focused environments, IT admins are struggling to find efficient ways to securely manage and connect users to their IT resources. That leaves a lot of admins questioning the usefulness of AD and whether its piecemeal approach is tailored for the cloud era.
This problem has been particularly pronounced with web applications, hence the need for add-on web application SSO solutions, such as OneLogin. This patched approach for web applications has proven helpful for a lot of organizations that wanted to leverage the scalability and convenience of web applications. Then, when LDAP was made available virtually, that helped out when it came to the legacy applications that many organizations still required. Ultimately, however, the problem with this add-on approach is that it still required an Active Directory implementation on-prem. While technically AD is LDAP-based, it is best with Windows users and resources. And, just like web applications came before and took the world by storm, IT admins are right to question if their directory will be agile enough to accomodate for the next wave of innovation.
Cutting Active Directory and OneLogin Loose
So, as more IT management infrastructure shifts cloudward, many organizations are taking the question of AD’s agility to heart. This had lead them to completely rethink their approach to IAM by eliminating Active Directory. With AD’s elimination, many other solutions go with it as well including: web app SSO, identity bridges, privileged identity management, and more. And, while it may seem that IT admins are going to be losing a lot of functionality by getting rid of all these tools, they have found a comprehensive solution that is capable of helping them accomplish their goals from a single interface. Plus, by eliminating this spiderweb of interlinked tools, IT admins free themselves up significantly by not having to configure and maintain AD and its add-ons.
Instead, modern, cloud-forward organizations have found a cloud identity management platform approach that can combine a wide range of solutions, but with the benefit of enabling users to have one secure identity to connect to virtually all of their IT resources, and it is called JumpCloud® Directory-as-a-Service®. JumpCloud’s approach to single sign on is called True Single Sign-On™ and it includes much more than just web applications and LDAP. True Single SIgn-On enables users to connect to their systems (Windows, Mac®, and Linux®), web applications (G Suite™, Slack, Salesforce®), legacy applications (Jira®, MySQL, OpenVPN™) cloud infrastructure by way of SSH keys (AWS®, GCE), files on-prem and in the cloud, and networks via RADIUS with just one identity. It is effectively single sign-on for the modern, cloud era of IT.
Learn More About JumpCloud
If you are interested in OneLogin LDAP but have a lot more IT resources to consider connecting to, give JumpCloud a try today for free. When you sign up you get access to the entire Directory-as-a-Service platform, plus you can manage up to 10 users all without spending a dime. Feel free to contact one of our product experts if you have any questions, or if you are in the DIY mood, visit our Knowledge Base to help you get the most of your account. Also, be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel to stay up to date with JumpCloud features and information.