Open Source Alternative to Okta®

Open Source Alternative to Okta

Okta® is one of the top providers in the web application SSO (single sign-on) space. It’s a space that has been incredibly important over the last decade, and perhaps, one of the hottest categories in the IT management world. With this much activity, admins often want to know what all of their options with SSO providers are. The challenge for some organizations, though, is finding an open source alternative to Okta.

Why would an IT organization be interested in an open source web-app SSO solution? Well, to answer that question, we need to take a step back and look at the identity and access management (IAM) space as a whole.

The Story Behind IAM and SSO

The IAM space has become more complex over the last few years. It started with the advent of LDAP, and then the subsequent launching of OpenLDAP and Microsoft® Active Directory®. While Microsoft AD became the runaway market share leader, OpenLDAP took the lead as the open source identity provider.

However, these directory services were created to connect to on-prem resources that were either Windows® or LDAP based. When web-based applications emerged, open source and main stream identity providers had a hard time integrating with this cloud resource. The average business uses 50+ web-based applications, so web app SSO providers were welcomed with open arms when they first emerged.

Looking Beyond Open Source SSO

Today, many IT admins are wondering if there is an open source approach to web app SSO. An open source web-app SSO solution would be a great asset because IT organizations are already paying a pretty penny for their core directory service. Unfortunately, there aren’t any credible open source SSO solutions, but there are different approaches that may work well with those looking for a cost-effective approach to IAM for their organization.

Historically, IT organizations would leverage AD and a web app SSO solution such as Okta, and perhaps other IAM tools like MFA or governance solutions. Now, the opportunity exists to entirely replace the legacy Active Directory solution with a cloud directory. Then, IT (Read more...)

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Natalie Bluhm

Natalie is a writer for JumpCloud, an Identity and Access Management solution designed for the cloud era. Natalie graduated with a degree in professional and technical writing, and she loves learning about cloud infrastructure, identity security, and IT protocols.

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