With so many free tools and apps available today, IT admins are wondering whether there is a free identity provider available for them to use. Well, there are a number of legacy open source directory services solutions available, but implementing them and managing them requires a great deal of time from skilled technical IT staff. Wouldn’t you rather have your highly skilled technical staff focused on higher priority tasks, like building systems and applications that generate revenue? If this sounds like your situation, then a new generation of cloud hosted identity providers might be the solution you are looking for. These are delivered under a SaaS model, so while they’re not free identity providers, these solutions have a unique pay as you go model.
Smart Bundling Created the Façade of a Free Identity Provider
Traditionally, IT organizations simply leveraged Microsoft® Active Directory® (MAD or AD) to be their identity provider. This made a great deal of sense for a time because IT infrastructure was virtually all Microsoft Windows® based in most organizations. Also, Microsoft made it seem like AD was free. AD seemed like it was free because IT organizations needed to purchase everything that they needed for Windows Server® licenses anyway, so brilliantly, AD was delivered as a module of Windows Server. Thus, it seemed free to organizations that already needed Windows Server licenses for their whole organization. For others, the need for Active Directory became a driver to purchase Window Server licenses for the entire staff. Either way, it was a smart move by Microsoft, and effectively got the IT industry into the mode of expecting a free identity provider.
Fast forward to modern times, and IT organizations are looking for a similar setup. Unfortunately, the IT landscape has changed. IT environments now consist of a mixed platform environment with productivity tools and cloud services from a whole host of providers. So, the entire network is no longer entirely Windows based, (Read more...)
*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Blog – JumpCloud authored by George Lattimore. Read the original post at: https://jumpcloud.com/blog/free-identity-provider/