Pros and Cons of Open Source Single Sign-on (SSO)

There are a number of open source single sign-on (SSO) distributions that you may be considering as a potential alternative to a commercially available solution like PortalGuard.

Some of the larger distributions like JOSSO, JASIG CAS, or Bitcard , all offer open source solutions for single sign-on (SSO) for the price of a download. All of these packages are supported by a dedicated user community and with time and additional effort on your part, can be configured to execute an SSO solution effectively.

    Open Source SSO Considerations

  • Cost. Often free or requesting a donation of support.
  • Free Support. Many have strong user groups, wikis, and FAQ's covering a wide variety of topics.
  • Configuration. Provided you have the expertise, you can custom tailor these solutions to fit your needs.
    • Cons
  • Cost of Setup. While the distribution may be free the effort required to custom configure it and deploy it won't be.
  • Qualified Support. You are on your own when it comes to troubleshooting and will oftentimes need to rely on wikis and email to get you out of a jam.
  • Product Lifecycle. Support for open source solutions can evaporate quickly, just ask those folks who relied on the very popular open source solution OpenSSO . After Oracle purchased Sun Microsystems they quickly discontinued support for the program.
  • Meeting the needs of your organization - both technically and financially - can be a delicate balancing act. Be sure you're not lured in by the promise of a cheap acquisition price only to pay for higher implemention and support costs on the other end.

    Contact us today to find out how PortalGuard can help you deploy an effective and affordable SSO solution quickly and easiliy.