What Are the Best Okta® Alternatives for Startups?

Okta Alternatives

As more startups emerge and begin taking their identity security seriously, IT admins working for these organizations are searching for smart, cost-effective ways to control access to their IT resources. Finding and employing highly scalable, robust IT solutions is vital for their rapid growth, and can help save time and critical resources down the road. With Okta® continuing to raise its prices, many of these IT admins are wondering what the best Okta alternatives are for startups.

Multifaceted Needs for Budding Organizations

okta alternatives for startups

It’s clear that startups have different needs when it comes to identity and access management. Often, these organizations have a little bit of everything in their environment, but they don’t need enterprise-class solutions for each category. Furthermore, devoting valuable resources towards enterprise-level solutions for every up-and-coming aspect of their growing organization would certainly be overkill, especially when these resources could be directly reinvested instead in growing their business. In these types of situations, multi-purpose solutions have been shown to go a long way as long as they are competent and flexible in what they do.


Okay, back to Okta for a moment—Okta is known as an enterprise-class web application single-sign-on (SSO) platform. Essentially, with first generation Identity-as-a-Service (IDaaS as it is called), IT admins can connect their users to their SaaS applications. As you can imagine, this works well if your needs are based exclusively in web applications. Most startups, however, are interested in connecting their users to much more than just web applications: systems (Windows®, Mac®, Linux®), cloud and on-prem servers (e.g. AWS®), G Suite™ or Office 365™, web and legacy applications via SAML and LDAP, cloud and on-prem file servers (e.g. NAS appliances, Samba), and wired and WiFi networks through RADIUS. In order to fully accommodate the rapid, multi-directional growth that often occurs with these types of up-and-coming organizations, startups are seeking out a more versatile approach.

Simplifying the Best Okta Alternatives for Startups

okta alternatives for startups

As you can probably tell, the challenge with this approach is that web app SSO solutions only (Read more...)

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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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