SaaS Single Sign-On

Written by Jon Griffin on January 3, 2018

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Single sign-on solutions, or first generation IDaaS (Identity-as-a-Service) platforms, have been quite popular with IT organizations. However, IDaaS has much more potential than just being SSO. The question IT admins need to look at is, “How is the SaaS single sign-on space going to evolve?

Early SSO

SSO solutions initially started to emerge after two things happened. The first was the advent of Microsoft Active Directory®, which became the market share leader in directory services. The second was the adoption of web applications, otherwise known as the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) market.

Why did these two events trigger the development of the SSO market? While AD was an excellent identity provider for on-prem, Windows-based resources, it was not as great for anything else. When it came to connecting users to web applications that were located in the cloud, the legacy directory service fell down. Of course, vendors in the identity management space jumped on the opportunity to pick up where AD left off, and they were able to extend Active Directory identities to web applications. These were the first generation, SaaS single sign-on solutions to emerge.

The benefits were significant, and enabled a user to leverage their core identity to access a wide variety of web applications. For IT, the benefits included tighter access control and greater security over resources that didn’t directly connect to Active Directory. It was a win-win for everyone. However, this relationship only lasted for so long.

The Need for Better SaaS Single Sign-On

Of course, the challenge with this setup was that IT organizations needed to manage two separate systems – Active Directory and the SaaS single sign-on solution. This made for inefficient, siloed identity management, not to mention increased costs. When you add in cloud infrastructure such as AWS, the shift to WiFi networks, and the popularity of non-Windows operating systems such as Macs and Linux, suddenly the original iteration of single sign-on no longer provided users with a true single sign-on. IT admins were stuck managing a variety of consoles just to get through their work day.

But SaaS single sign-on can – and should – be more than just web applications. A new generation of True Single Sign-On™ is bringing SaaS-based SSO to the IDaaS category. This innovative tool is JumpCloud’s Directory-as-a-Service®. With this next generation SaaS SSO platform, user identities can be managed and connected to the IT resources that the users need regardless of platform, protocol, provider, or location. The cloud directory service is functioning not only as a SaaS SSO platform, but as the core IAM solution for an organization – much more true to the single sign-on name.

With JumpCloud’s cloud directory, admins can manage access and authentication to systems (Mac, Windows, Linux), cloud and on-prem servers (AWS, GCE), physical and virtual storage (Samba file servers, NAS devices, Box), web and local applications, and wired or wireless WiFi through RADIUS. It’s the modern directory, built for the modern IT environment.

Learn More About the SaaS Single Sign-On Feature

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If you would like to learn more about JumpCloud’s SaaS single sign-on feature, reach out to us. We would be happy to answer any questions or demonstrate how our platform’s SSO capabilities work. Alternatively, if you would like to test them out for yourself, you can sign up for a free account. We offer your first 10 users free forever, with no credit card required, so there’s no reason not to give it a shot. Check it out today!

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