By Natalie Bluhm Posted February 2, 2019
The web application single sign-on (SSO) space is quite active. Spanning a dozen years of competition and billions of dollars of investment, there are now some heavy hitters in the space, and more large organizations entering the market all of the time. Just recently, Google® and AWS® threw their hats in the ring with Microsoft®, Ping Identity, OneLogin™, and Okta®. The abundance of players in the SSO space, though, has made it difficult for IT admins to discern which solution is the better fit for their IT environment. Specifically, IT admins often wonder which is better, Okta or OneLogin.
The Verdict on Okta vs OneLogin
Truthfully, both of these web application SSO solutions are good. They both can connect users to thousands of applications. They both offer multi-factor authentication (MFA) capabilities and some limited account provisioning on certain web applications. Also, both web app SSO solutions utilize a similar implementation approach. They both rely on Microsoft Active Directory® to be the core identity provider while they federate identities out to web-based applications.
A Broader SSO Approach is Needed
While both Okta and OneLogin have focused on web application single sign-on, IT organizations are actually interested in a broader approach to cloud identity management. With most IT organizations utilizing a mix of Windows, Mac® and Linux® systems, cloud computing services, wireless networks, virtual and on-prem file storage, and much more, the concept of single sign-on needs to extend beyond web applications for most IT organizations.
The next generation concept is really True Single Sign-On™, or what we refer to as a modern Identity-as-a-Service platform. What makes True SSO™ different is that it securely manages and connects users to their IT resources regardless of platform, protocol, provider, and location.
The Ideal Solution for Your IT Environment – JumpCloud®
Also called JumpCloud® Directory-as-a-Service®, this True Single Sign-On platform provides users with one set of credentials that they can use to access their systems (Windows, Mac, and Linux), on-prem and web-based applications, physical and virtual file storage, and wired and wireless networks. Essentially, users gain One Identity to Rule Them All®. In addition to increasing productivity for end users, IT admins also benefit by gaining a secure, well-controlled environment. With just one solution, IT organizations can automate onboarding/offboarding and enforce secure authentication across all IT resources.
So, the IDaaS space may be full of options, but by asking the right questions (like, what does SSO mean to you) you’ll be able to determine which solutions will provide you with the level of identity management you’re looking for.
Are you interested in continuing the conversation about which is better, Okta or OneLogin? Don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’d be happy to discuss what SSO means to you, and how JumpCloud can help centralize user access across your entire IT environment. If you’re ready to see the platform in action, consider signing up for a free account. Your first ten users are free forever, and all of our features are available.