Microsoft Azure Active Directory: Single Sign-On Overview and Analysis

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Bottom Line

Microsoft Azure AD is almost a no-brainer for anyone deploying Microsoft Azure widely. With support for on-premises integration and synchronization, it is gaining traction as an SSO solution for large or small organizations.

Product Description

Microsoft Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) uses an identity as a service (IDaaS) delivery model. It includes Azure AD Connect to support on-premises directory integration and synchronization. Additionally, it includes Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) as an option to support single sign-on (SSO), but AD FS has also been widely deployed on its own for many years. Azure AD now includes reporting, security analytics and multifactor authentication, as well as user provisioning for software as a service (SaaS) apps.

Security Qualifications

Level 5 Department of Defense and FIPS 140-2 Level 1 approved.

Delivery

Identity-as-a-service

Agents

Yes

Pricing

Basic is $1 per user per month and premium is $6, but some add-ons may be extra.

Drew Robb
Drew Robb has been a full-time professional writer and editor for more than twenty years. He currently works freelance for a number of IT publications, including ServerWatch and CIO Insight. He is also the editor-in-chief of an international engineering magazine.

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