Why Use JumpCloud® Over Okta®?

Why Use JumpCloud Over Okta?

We’re often asked by IT admins why they should use JumpCloud® over Okta®. Truthfully, comparing Okta and JumpCloud is a bit like comparing apples to oranges. In the complicated world of identity management, it is easy to get confused about who does what and why their services will be valuable to an organization. The aim of this post is to cut through the clutter and get to the bottom of what service is best for your organization.

Once Private, Now Public

Web app single sign on (SSO)

To keep it simple, think of Okta as a web application single sign-on (SSO) solution for large enterprises. About a year and a half ago, Okta was still a private company. Then, on April 7, 2017, Okta went public. For a glimpse on how Okta makes their money, look no further than their earnings releases. Those releases will show you that Okta makes the majority of its money on selling to the largest enterprises in the world. A quick visit to their website shows that they count 20th Century Fox, Adobe®, and News Corp. as their customers.

Okta Tied to On-Prem

Active Directory Microsoft

Most of these enterprises run Microsoft® Active Directory® (MAD or AD), which makes sense given the fact that Okta occupies the web application SSO space—an area typically comprised of solutions that layer on top of AD. These solutions federate AD identities to web applications. Unfortunately, however, in order to extend AD identities to Mac® or Linux® systems, you’d also require an identity bridge. That’s a lot of additional work to get the systems and people that are already in your environment working – and many companies exist to makes these things happen. The biggest competitors to Okta are Microsoft’s own Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS), Amazon, and Google®’s SSO solutions.

But, as with many of these SSO providers and identity bridges, they lack the robust ability to secure networks with deep RADIUS integration. Instead, organizations are often left simply sharing SSID and password combinations instead of securing their networks with unique credentials for each individual.

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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/use-jumpcloud-over-okta/