JumpCloud® vs Active Directory® and OneLogin™

Written by Ryan Squires on December 17, 2018

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Most first generation identity-as-a-service (IDaaS) solutions (also called web application single sign-on or SSO) emerged when Microsoft® Active Directory® (MAD or AD) was a fixture in IT organizations. Now, with a shift to modern cloud-based directory services, IT admins are comparing JumpCloud® vs Active Directory and OneLogin™.

Active Directory and the Need for SSO

Why do you need an SSO solution for Active Directory?

Historically, Active Directory has been the foundation of identity management due to the dominance of on-prem, Windows-based networks. So, with AD cemented in place, it made a great deal of sense to use the identities found within AD and extend them to the new web-based applications that were beginning to infiltrate most IT environments. Many of these web-based applications are solutions we simply cannot work without today like Slack, GitHub™, and Salesforce®. That’s where we get the layered approach that we see with web app single sign-on (SSO) solutions stacked on top of AD.

In short, the layered-on approach made a lot of sense for organizations that heavily leveraged Windows-based systems and applications. Because the on-prem Active Directory implementation wasn’t going anywhere, and the majority of systems were Windows based, IT admins had to engage in some implementation work and troubleshooting on site when issues arose. But, in light of those challenges, for many organizations where Active Directory is a fixture, this layered strategy works

Go All Cloud?

Why move your IT infrastructure to the Cloud

But, for organizations who are shifting to the cloud or aren’t tied to an existing directory service solution, a new generation of cloud identity management may make more sense. For those innovative organizations looking to go all cloud, a cloud-native identity management tool replaces the need for not only Active Directory, but a number of other solutions including web app SSO, identity bridges (for Mac® and Linux® machines), privileged identity management, multi-factor authentication (MFA), event logging, and more. That solution is JumpCloud Directory-as-a-Service®. It provides many of the features that an AD plus an SSO solution does, but from the cloud.

JumpCloud vs Active Directory and OneLogin

JumpCloud vs Active Directory and OneLogin

Thus, a comparison of JumpCloud vs Active Directory and OneLogin makes a lot of sense. AD serves are your identity provider and OneLogin is the SSO solution layered onto AD that federates user identities to web applications. JumpCloud can provide both of those functions from a single tool, called Directory-as-a-Service. JumpCloud leverages multiple protocols, back ended with a directory, so that you maintain a single identity across multiple services. We call it True Single Sign-On™.

Ultimately, however, the choice of what fits better for an organization often depends on whether they are shifting to the cloud and how deep your dependence is on Windows systems and applications. If you’re ready to go all cloud and roll your IDaaS solution into one “pane of glass,” JumpCloud may be the better solution for you. If you need to remain in an on-prem Windows-centric environment, then AD and OneLogin may work better. It just depends on what you need.

Learn More About JumpCloud

Directory-as-a-Service cloud solution

When it comes to comparing JumpCloud vs Active Directory and OneLogin, you can sign up for a free account today and evaluate the JumpCloud component of that comparison. Our free account allows you to manage up to 10 users for free, forever. Additionally, you can schedule a demo or visit our YouTube page to see the product in action. Drop us a line for more info.

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