OneLogin™ LDAP is often overlooked as an LDAP alternative. It makes sense too, because OneLogin’s focus has largely been centered on web application single sign-on (SSO). Recently, OneLogin has added virtual LDAP services for clients that need LDAP authentication as well. For IT admins considering this solution, a core question is whether the web app SSO and LDAP combination is enough to serve their identity and access management (IAM) needs.
Active Directory, SSO Add-Ons, and LDAP
The overarching philosophies and best practices surrounding identity management are creating questions that IT admins now have to face daily. Inevitably, the core of those questions always comes back to Microsoft® Active Directory® (MAD or AD) as it has effectively been the default IAM solution for two decades. With the shift from on-prem Windows®-based networks served by AD to mixed-platform and cloud-focused environments, IT admins are struggling to find efficient ways to securely manage and connect users to their IT resources. That leaves a lot of admins questioning the usefulness of AD and whether its piecemeal approach is tailored for the cloud era.
This problem has been particularly pronounced with web applications, hence the need for add-on web application SSO solutions, such as OneLogin. This patched approach for web applications has proven helpful for a lot of organizations that wanted to leverage the scalability and convenience of web applications. Then, when LDAP was made available virtually, that helped out when it came to the legacy applications that many organizations still required. Ultimately, however, the problem with this add-on approach is that it still required an Active Directory implementation on-prem. While technically AD is LDAP-based, it is best with Windows users and resources. And, just like web applications came before and took the world by storm, IT admins are right to question if their directory will be agile enough to accomodate for the next wave of innovation.
Cutting Active Directory and OneLogin Loose
So, as more IT management infrastructure shifts cloudward, many organizations are taking the question of AD’s agility to heart. This had lead them to completely rethink their approach (Read more...)