Comparing Ping Identity® and JumpCloud® Directory-as-a-Service® isn’t really an apples to apples comparison. Each identity management solution has the ability to access different types of IT resources, so comparing them is not really giving you the best perspective on each one. Fundamentally, the comparison is between web application single sign-on (SSO) and cloud directory services, with Ping Identity being the SSO solution and JumpCloud Directory-as-a-Service being the cloud directory services.
Deciphering Ping Identity and JumpCloud
Now, decoding what each of those terms mean can be a confounding task altogether. Identity management is a complex area now, and while it wasn’t always that way, there are now many more vendors and approaches to the market. This influx into identity management means that confusion is sure to play a role in IT decision making. But, a lot of IAM solutions can provide a great deal of benefit to IT organizations. Let’s find out where Ping Identity and JumpCloud Directory- as-a-Service fit into the equation.
In order to understand the comparison of Ping Identity and JumpCloud, we need to hop into a time machine and go back to 1999. This was when Microsoft® introduced Active Directory® (MAD or AD), which has been the core of identity management for IT infrastructure for nearly 20 years. Active Directory is often referred to as an identity provider, and because organizations in 1999 were all Windows®-based and on-prem, AD was the perfect choice.
But, as web applications like Salesforce® and Google Apps (now called G Suite™) began to appear, Active Directory started to struggle because it couldn’t authenticate user access to these web applications. So, Ping Identity, now often referred to as Identity-as-a-Service or IDaaS, was quick to jump onto the idea of extending user access to web applications by federating Active Directory identities. In doing so, Ping Identity became one of the first web application single sign-on (SSO) platforms, and it leveraged Active Directory for its identity store.
Opening the Door for Ping Identity and JumpCloud
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*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Blog – JumpCloud authored by Ryan Squires. Read the original post at: https://jumpcloud.com/blog/comparing-ping-identity-jumpcloud/