By Vince Lujan Posted February 27, 2018
The Single Sign-On (SSO) market has been quite active over the last decade. However, many IT organizations have come to discover that a traditional SSO solution layered on top of their on-prem identity provider (IdP) is no longer enough to manage modern IT networks. That is why IT admins are interested in next generation SSO alternatives.
The good news is a next generation True Single Sign-On™ solution has emerged that can provide SSO access to virtually any IT resource. This solution is called JumpCloud Directory-as-a-Service®. However, before we describe the benefits of SSO with JumpCloud, let’s first outline the characteristics of traditional SSO solutions to reveal why True SSO alternatives are superior.
Traditional SSO Solutions
The concept of Single Sign-On describes the ability for users to leverage one core set of credentials to gain access to their IT resources. Traditionally, SSO solutions have been layered on top of legacy IdPs like Microsoft® Active Directory® (AD). Their purpose is to extend on-prem identities to the cloud and beyond. In doing so, users could leverage their core user identity to gain access to a wider range of IT resources compared to AD alone.
SSO solutions were first introduced in the mid-2000s as a response to web applications like Salesforce®, productivity platforms like G Suite™ (formerly Google Apps), and Box, for example. Active Directory was designed for on-prem IT networks and Windows® system environments, but it wasn’t built to directly manage these new types of solutions. The result was an entire generation of SSO solutions designed primarily to extend AD identities to unsupported IT resources.
Layering add-ons on top of the on-prem IdP has been effective over the years. In fact, the SSO approach remains one of the primary approaches to management for modern IT networks. The trouble is that a growing number and variety of add-ons are required as IT resources continue to shift to the cloud and move away from a Microsoft foundation.
Needless to say, this approach brings a lot of complexity to management because IT admins must manage the add-ons in addition to AD. Ideally, IT admins could connect their users to virtually any IT resource via one comprehensive cloud identity management platform. They would also be able to eliminate the majority of their on-prem infrastructure and management overhead. That is why we created JumpCloud Directory-as-a-Service.
True SSO with Directory-as-a-Service
JumpCloud Directory-as-a-Service is the next generation cloud identity management platform that securely manages and connects user identities to their systems, applications, files, and networks. True Single Sign-On is a core concept built into the platform. In other words, users and IT admins can leverage one core set of credentials for access to virtually any IT resource, regardless of platform, provider, protocol, or location.
For example, JumpCloud centrally manages user access to the following IT resources and more:
- Systems – Windows, Mac, Linux
- Legacy applications – Oracle, OpenVPN, Jenkins
- Samba file servers and NAS appliances – Synology, QNAP, FreeNAS
- Cloud storage – Google Drive, Dropbox, Box
- Web applications – Salesforce, Workday, Zendesk
- Cloud productivity platforms – Office 365, G Suite
- Cloud infrastructure – AWS, GCP
- Networks via RADIUS – wired, WiFi
All of these assets and thousands more can be accessed with one core set of credentials. In essence, JumpCloud Directory-as-a-Service provides One Directory to Rule Them All®.
Learn More About SSO Alternatives
Contact the JumpCloud team to learn more about SSO alternatives. You can also sign up for a Directory-as-a-Service account and see the future of SSO in action today. Your first ten users are free forever to help you discover the benefits of True Single Sign-On at no cost. We don’t even require a credit card to sign up!