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Cloud-based multi-site authentication
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Has anyone found a good solution to authenticating across multiple cloud-based sites? We have been looking at a provider named PingIdentity to try to tie our sites together, but it’s expensive and it’s hard to get all the players to agree to using the Ping model.
It seems that our new business model is going to lead us to have more and more cloud-based solutions which need to interoperate well together in order to give our students a seamless experience (LMS, electronic library, ePortfolio, discussion forums, etc.). Most allow themselves to be branded fairly easily so that users will not notice that they’re going from one site to another, but very few are sophisticated in their use of web-based authentication standards like SAML. As a result, even though the sites look similar, each needs to ask the user to authenticate (potentially with a different ID than other sites in the system and often with a different password). We, of course, want to avoid having to authenticate anywhere but on our portal. Nirvana would be the ability to authenticate at any one site in the system and be able to go to any other site in the system without having to authenticate again – which is the PingIdentity model.
Has anyone cracked this nut?
Thanks much! Greg.
VP, Information Technology
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