Single Sign-On (SSO) Providers

single sign on SSO providers

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

single sign-onThe 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.

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Vince Lujan

Vince is a documentation and blog writer at JumpCloud, the world’s first cloud-based directory service. Vince recently graduated with a degree in professional and technical writing from the University of New Mexico, and enjoys researching new innovations in cloud architecture and infrastructure.

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