The identity management space has been quite active over the last several years. There’s been a great deal of innovation across categories, with perhaps the most being in the Identity-as-a-Service space – otherwise known as IDaaS. Unfortunately, because of all of that activity, the definition of IDaaS has been a moving target. The result is that it is confusing to many IT organizations what a virtual IDaaS platform means, and what it can do for them.
The term Identity-as-a-Service or IDaaS really came into vogue in the last decade. New solutions that describe themselves using the term ‘IDaaS’ are popping up every year. But in order to understand where the space is today, we need to see how we got here. Historically, the identity management market was on-prem and delivered as software solutions. The market was actually dominated by Microsoft Active Directory® in the early 2000’s.
It wasn’t until web applications started to become quite popular that the IDaaS market started to expand. While first generation web application single sign-on platforms – or what would go on to be named IDaaS solutions – were simply extensions of the on-prem Active Directory platform, the idea of having a single set of credentials to login to web applications was a significant draw. A number of vendors created these first generation IDaaS platforms to tackle the web SSO opportunity.
As the IT market continued to change and morph however, so did the identity and access management space. With the advent of cloud infrastructure from AWS, the shifting of email infrastructure from Microsoft Exchange to G Suite and Office 365, and the popularity of Mac and Linux platforms, the traditional approach to identity management was no longer working. Active Directory was built for on-prem Microsoft-based environments, and the IT world was moving in the complete opposite direction.
Virtual IDaaS Solution
As a result of all this change, the concept of IDaaS became quite interesting. Could an IDaaS solution supplant Active Directory as the central source of truth in an organization? For a long time, the answer was no. SSO providers weren’t (Read more...)