Active Directory® vs OneLogin™

Active Directory vs OneLogin

The identity management marketplace is confusing, so as IT organizations shift to the cloud, there are a number of identity management categories that are being confused with each other. We often see this in the case of Microsoft® Active Directory® vs OneLogin. While there may be some overlap between these two solutions, they really have more of a complementary relationship instead of a competitive one. This is an important nuance to understand because it changes the dynamic in an Active Directory vs OneLogin comparison.

So let’s take a closer look at the relationship between OneLogin and Active Directory, and why they aren’t in competition with one another.  

Active Directory Needed Help

Active Directory vs OneLogin OneLogin isn’t competing with AD because it wasn’t built to replace Active Directory. Instead, it was created to help Active Directory by extending it to web-based applications. You see, Active Directory has been the go-to choice for directory services for the past twenty years. At the time it was created, organizations were leveraging mostly on-prem Windows resources, and this was exactly the type of environment AD was built to manage. So, AD went on to become the on-prem market share leader in directory services.

Then in the early 2000’s, web applications surfaced. However, this new IT resource wasn’t on-prem nor Microsoft-based, so IT organizations couldn’t integrate web apps with Active Directory. As a result, a whole generation of web application single sign-on providers emerged like OneLogin.

SSO providers would take in an identity and federate it to web applications while AD would continue to be the source of truth. This setup allowed end users to easily and quickly login to their web-based applications. While SSO providers have been a great help to AD, that’s all they can really do. They can’t replace Active Directory because SSO solutions aren’t usually the authoritative source of identities, and they don’t integrate with all of the resources used in an IT environment. So, this is why we would suggest that the concept of Active Directory vs OneLogin should really be thought of as AD and OneLogin. They are (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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