As the world continues to shift to the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model of application delivery, developers are starting to find ways to make their process more manageable. One such avenue is the use of customer identity and access management (IAM) solutions to off-load the chore of managing end user databases. In the era of microservices, developers look at these types of solutions as cloud user directory services for their applications. In this category, many are comparing Auth0® vs Azure® Active Directory®, and more specifically, the B2C (business-to-customer) version of the Microsoft® Azure product.
A Good Comparison
For application developers, this part of their web application or mobile app is not often a market differentiator, so offloading it to organizations like Auth0 or Azure Active Directory (AAD) B2C makes a lot of sense. Both Auth0 and Azure AD are effective at aiding DevOps organizations with simplifying the management of a customer user database. Beyond that, they can also help with all of the management of permissions, auditing, password resets, and everything else involved with this process.
When it comes to actually comparing the two products, the general consensus is that the two are fairly neck and neck. Across many of today’s popular review platforms, both Auth0 and Azure AD B2C score around the same in most categories. A key differentiator between them is the fact that, as a Microsoft offering, Azure AD B2C is more inclined towards Azure-centric organizations (i.e. teams building applications on Azure). With many of today’s apps being designed in other IaaS platforms such as AWS® or GCP™, Auth0 might give a leg up in that regard.
Bigger Cloud IAM Needs
Of course, a major reason for the comparison of Auth0 vs. Azure AD B2C is the fact that much of today’s workloads are being moved to the cloud. Per the RightScale® 2019 State of the Cloud Report, respondents plan on spending 24% more on public cloud infrastructure than they did in 2018. Everything from applications to file servers are being offered from the cloud, and as organizations consider cloud (Read more...)