San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) April 15, 2014
OneLogin, the innovator in enterprise identity management, today announced the availability of an insightful eBook by Microsoft Active Directory guru Brian Desmond: “Choosing the Right Active Directory Integration Framework for Your Cloud Application Portfolio,” which helps IT leaders understand the infrastructure and skill sets required to extend Active Directory to cloud apps such as Office 365 using Microsoft components such as Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) and Azure Active Directory. Desmond, an expert in identity management solutions and author of Active Directory, 5th Edition, was also featured in an April 2, 2014 webinar, “Extending Identity to the Cloud: ADFS vs. Azure AD vs. OneLogin,” which was co-presented by Collin Hachwi, IT infrastructure manager for DISYS.
Both the eBook and webinar explore the variables involved in choosing the right directory integration approach for organizations adopting cloud solutions, examines the potential cost and complexity of relying solely on Microsoft solutions, and discusses the benefits of third-party providers such as OneLogin.
According to Desmond, cloud adoption is forcing IT professionals to extend a multitude of processes outside of the trust boundary of the corporate network and into untrusted data centers of the companies providing the applications and services:
“The prospect of re-engineering and extending identity management to an ever-evolving set of cloud services and applications is a scary prospect. This is further complicated by the relatively real-time nature of cloud projects. That is, cloud applications can be made available instantly without the traditional burdens of IT infrastructure, and they are typically accessible from anywhere.
“The cost of traditional identity management approaches do not scale when compared to the monthly costs of cloud applications. Addressing identity management in the cloud needs to be done in a cost effective, efficient, and most importantly, sustainable manner.”
In further developing the issues related to identity management in the cloud, Desmond considers:
- Authentication methods, including LDAP, federated authentication, and maintaining the user store within the application
- Authorization and the issues that arise with cloud applications
- Provisioning and deprovisioning, especially the problem of extending successful identity management toolsets to cloud applications
- Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and how devices not controlled by IT can be authenticated
Microsoft has a rapidly evolving platform for cloud identity management that centers on their Active Directory brand. When organizations begin their push into the cloud, for example by adopting Microsoft Office 365, they often turn to Microsoft as the default choice for identity management because it is already an incumbent vendor and appears competitively priced.
However, taking full advantage of the Microsoft platform for cloud identity management requires deploying a highly available Active Directory Federation Services infrastructure (AD FS), as well as populating, maintaining, and federating with Microsoft Azure Active Directory. Simply put, the service level agreements (SLAs) that cloud-hosted services offer are a moot point if the AD FS infrastructure that brokers logins to these applications and services isn’t running at the same level (or higher). The cost to deploy and fully take advantage of this platform is often a hidden cost.
Writes Desmond: “Third party solution providers have recognized these problems and built turnkey solutions that deliver rapid cloud identity management without the overhead and setup complexity of Microsoft’s solution. OneLogin is one such example of a third party that integrates well with entrenched components of the identity management stack like Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) and simultaneously delivers rapid setup and one click access to Office 365 and countless cloud applications.”
For more information, download the complete eBook, “Choosing the Right Active Directory Integration Framework for Your Cloud Application Portfolio,” and listen to the webinar, “Extending Identity to the Cloud: ADFS vs. Azure AD vs. OneLogin,” featuring Brian Desmond and Collin Hachwi of DISYS.
OneLogin is the innovator in enterprise identity management and provides the industry’s fastest, easiest and most secure solution for managing user identities, both in the cloud and behind the firewall. Ranked #1 in Network World Magazine’s review of SSO tools, OneLogin’s cloud identity management platform provides secure single sign-on, multi-factor authentication, integration with common directory infrastructures such as Active Directory and LDAP, user provisioning and more. OneLogin is SAML-enabled and pre-integrated with more than 3,500 applications commonly used by today’s enterprises, including Microsoft Office 365, Asure Software, BMC Remedyforce, Coupa, Box, Clarizen, DocuSign, Dropbox, Egnyte, EMC Syncplicity, EchoSign, Google Apps, Innotas, LotusLive, NetSuite, Oracle CRM On-Demand, Parature, Salesforce.com, SuccessFactors, WebEx, Workday, Yammer, ServiceNow, Zscaler and Zendesk. OneLogin, Inc. is backed by The Social+Capital Partnership and Charles River Ventures. Free Trial Available at: http://www.onelogin.com/signup/. For more information: http://www.onelogin.com | Twitter: @onelogin.