By Jon Griffin Posted December 21, 2017
The notion of Identity-as-a-Service has taken off over the last several years. This outsourced IDaaS approach has historically been confined to web application single sign-on, but there is much more potential to the concept. Now, a new generation and approach to outsourced Identity-as-a-Service is making its way to the market.
First Generation IDaaS
First generation IDaaS solutions were hardly cloud identity management platforms. Effectively, these cloud IAM solutions were just web application SSO platforms built on top of the core identity provider, Microsoft Active Directory®. They could take an AD identity, and federate them out to a variety of web applications. They took the term “Identity-as-a-Service” and popularized it, but that term can stand for much more than just SSO.
Since the IT environment at that time was in flux and many of the core systems were still on-prem, the concept of a cloud SSO solution made sense. The key remained that the solutions still needed an on-prem AD. This approach to the market generated some significant companies and valuable solutions for IT organizations. However, due to the necessity for on-prem AD, the more the office moved to the cloud, the more the identity became stretched.
Stretching the Identity
This stretching of the identity did not cease there. In fact, it has continued to grow exponentially as the years have gone by. Now, IT admins need to deal with cloud applications, virtual servers, remote workers, cross-platform environments, and much more. The IT environment is pulling away from AD fast, and causing admins to need workarounds to maintain AD as the identity provider. This has caused a growing desire for a more comprehensive identity management solution that can be delivered from the cloud.
IT organizations are in search for a replacement to Active Directory, as well as a cloud identity provider that can connect to web applications and cloud infrastructure. They are looking for a modern, outsourced IDaaS platform.
Fortunately, this more comprehensive approach to Identity-as-a-Service is being delivered by the solution Directory-as-a-Service®. As a next generation directory service, this approach to IDaaS is replacing Active Directory and integrating a number of core functions, including True Single Sign-On™, cloud server authentication and management, device management (Mac, Windows, Linux), hosted LDAP and cloud RADIUS, multi-factor authentication, and more. This cloud-based platform is truly a directory built for the modern IT environment.
More About Directory-as-a-Service & Outsourced IDaaS
If you would like to learn more about the outsourced IDaaS solution Directory-as-a-Service, make sure you give us a call. We would be happy to answer any questions that you might have, and potentially set up a demo of the platform. Alternatively, if you would like to get a hands on experience with DaaS, you can also sign up for a free account of the cloud-based directory. We offer 10 users free forever, with no credit card required, so there’s no reason not to give it a shot. Give it a try here.