Is Okta®️ Open Source?

Is Okta Open Source?
Let’s cut to the chase—Is Okta
® open source? As stated on OpenSource.com, “the term ‘open source’ refers to something people can modify and share because its design is publicly accessible.” So, the short answer is, no, Okta does not share all of their design, although it is likely that Okta has a number of open source modules and various tools they have contributed to the open source community.

As IT admins continue to look for an open source web application single sign-on (SSO) solution, many are starting to wonder if one even exists, and if not, what’s the next best thing?

Open Source Breadth vs Web App SSO Depth

A number of open source solutions exist in the identity management sector, but so far in the web application SSO space, there just isn’t anything open source that’s compelling. Traditional SSO deeply relies on integrations with thousands of service providers (i.e. web applications) and a core identity provider (a.k.a. a directory service), and both of those types of integrations require time, money, and resources—resources that can be hard to come by. For most open source projects, naturally, the goal is to design a platform that can be leveraged across a wide range of environments. However, for web app SSO, more specific integrations would be necessary for an identity management tool to be truly useful. See the dilemma here?

What’s more, unlike Okta, most open source solutions aren’t delivered as a cloud service. Instead, open source solutions are delivered as self-manageable software that you can host and customize yourself, altogether defeating the purpose of an IDaaS (Identity-as-a-Service) solution. The outsourcing of the installation, managing, and maintenance of an SSO solution, like Okta, simply doesn’t apply well to the nature of open source.

Okta vs Directory Services

Directory services is another key aspect of the identity management sector where open source solutions have gained some traction. OpenLDAP, a competitor to Microsoft® Active Directory®, remains the most prominent example. However, over the years, the utility of OpenLDAP has declined due to shifts (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/okta%EF%B8%8F-open-source/

George Lattimore

George Lattimore

George is a writer at JumpCloud, a central source for authenticating, authorizing, and managing your IT infrastructure through the cloud. With a degree in Marketing and a graduate degree in progress in Public Communications and Technology, George enjoys learning how the IT landscape is adapting to a diversified field of technology.

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