By Vince Lujan Posted February 6, 2018
Single sign-on (SSO) providers have been very successful over the last decade. The ability to manage and secure access to web applications has been top of mind for IT organizations since the mid-2000’s, and SSO providers have been able to help.
The trouble is that SSO providers are not fully-fledged identity providers. Instead, they tend to layer their solutions on top of on-prem identity management platforms like Microsoft® Active Directory® (AD). This is far from the most elegant solution. Further, modern organizations seek to eliminate the majority of on-prem identity management infrastructure in favor of cloud alternatives.
IT admins have started to look for a next generation SSO provider that connects to more than just web apps. The future of SSO authenticate user access to virtually any IT resource (systems, apps, networks, and file servers), with minimal infrastructure on-prem. The good news is that JumpCloud Directory-as-a-Service® fits the bill, but before we discuss the advantages of this True Single Sign-On™ solution, we should discuss why traditional SSO is no longer enough.
A Brief History of Single Sign-On
The history of single sign-on really begins with Active Directory. AD is an on-prem directory service platform designed to manage on-prem networks of Windows® based systems, applications, and services. AD was first introduced in 1999. At the time, networks looked a lot different. Windows devices were the vast majority of enterprise machines and almost every IT resource was on-prem. Not surprisingly, AD thrived in this type of environment.
However, the IT environment started to evolve in the mid-2000’s as web applications like Salesforce emerged. AD was not designed to manage cloud services such as this. Web app SSO solutions were created to mitigate this limitation by effectively extending on-prem AD identities to web applications.
While the add-on approach has been effective over the years, IT admins have come to discover that a growing number of add-ons are required as more IT resources shift to the cloud. Fast forward to today and any IT admin will tell you that the traditional SSO approach with AD on-prem is no longer sustainable.
Instead of more SSO add-ons, what IT admins really need is a next generation True Single Sign-On provider that supports virtually any IT resource. In other words, what IT admins really need is JumpCloud Directory-as-a-Service.
Next Generation Single Sign-On Provider
JumpCloud Directory-as-a-Service is a next generation True SSO provider that securely connects users to their systems, applications, files, and networks. Web application SSO is a core feature of this hosted directory service, in addition to the ability to authenticate access to virtually any IT resource. We like to call this True Single Sign-On™.
The key advantage of JumpCloud SSO is that IT admins can leverage one comprehensive SSO solution for virtually any IT resource, rather than just web applications. For example, modern IT organizations need to control access to systems (Windows, Mac, Linux), cloud and on-prem servers (e.g. AWS, GCP, and on-prem data centers), on-prem applications such as Jenkins, Jira, and OpenVPN among thousands of others, cloud and on-prem storage systems such Samba file servers and NAS appliances, wired and WiFi networks, and more. These examples are supported for SSO access with JumpCloud Directory-as-a-Service.
Contact JumpCloud to learn more about single sign-on providers. You can also sign up for a Directory-as-a-Service account and see a next generation SSO provider in action. We offer ten free users to help you discover the full functionality of our True SSO solution at no cost. You don’t even need to enter a credit card to get started. Check us out today!