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We performed a comparison between Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) and CyberArk Identity based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Single Sign-On (SSO) solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
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Pros
"It's a quite comprehensive solution and it scales quite well within our required scale as well, which is very useful.""Azure AD has features that have helped improve our security posture.""It's multi-tenant, residing in multiple locations. The authentication happens quickly. Irrespective of whether I'm in Australia, the US, India, or Africa, I don't see any latency. Those are the good features that I rely on.""The solution scales well.""It's definitely both stable and scalable.""Installation is straightforward. It only took a couple of hours to set everything up.""We use BitLocker for policy enforcement. And now, because of the Microsoft 365 Business Premium package, we get Intune as a part of it. That's very useful for us for setting policies and managing the systems. The biggest strength of Azure AD is Intune.""We use Verified ID to select and deselect users. During the pandemic, we had many users who left our organization or were no longer involved in certain projects but had their user credentials with them. To prevent data loss and data piracy, we deselected those remote users from Active Directory, and it was a very quick process."

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"I found the solution to be stable.""The initial setup is straightforward. It takes me up to an hour and a half.""The setup, via cloud, is simple.""If anyone makes an error, or if an incident occurs by accident, the business will not be harmed as a result of this activity.""The most valuable features of CyberArk Identity are its ability to control access to administrative staff."

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Cons
"The documentation, and the way that people are notified of updates, are things that can be improved. I'm a big fan of Microsoft products but the way they document is not that great.""Azure AD provides two types of features. One is Azure AD Excel and is already B2C. Out of both versions, Azure B2C requires some improvement, in terms of user management and role management, et cetera.""A couple of years ago, I experienced some difficulty in implementing the solutions, the services of Azure AD. In one instance, I was not able to configure Azure AD for a registration. This was two or three years ago. However, currently, the documentation is very clear and there are no loopholes or anything that could hinder even a simple IT administrator to implement these services.""The integration between the Azure active directory and the traditional active directory could be improved upon.""Four years ago, we had an issue with Azure AD. We wanted to reverse sync from Azure AD to on-prem Active Directory, but we couldn't achieve this. Azure AD could connect only in one way, for example, from your site to Azure. If you needed to do the reverse and connect from Azure to on-prem, there was no way to achieve it. We asked Microsoft, and they told us that they don't support it.""In terms of stability, sometimes the more applications you integrate, the more it becomes a little bit unstable.""I had some issues with the Azure Active Directory on Windows XP. However, it worked well on Windows 7.""An area where there is room for improvement is the ease of use of the dashboards."

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"They could improve their UI and make everything more user-friendly.""More integrations would be better.""The user interface could be improved.""CyberArk Identity could improve by having the ability to better manage the network, such as Cisco. There seem to be some issues in this area.""The solution could be easier to use and I found it to be very complex involving many steps."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "We pay about $35 per user."
  • "I think we're on the E3 — I think it was about 35 dollars per user."
  • "We got a good deal. If you get rid of all the products providing features that Azure Suite can provide, then it makes sense cost-wise."
  • "Microsoft has a free version of Azure AD. So, if you don't do a lot of advanced features, then you can use the free version, which is no cost at all because it is underpinning Office 365. Because Microsoft gives it to you as a SaaS, so there are no infrastructure costs whatsoever that you need to incur. If you use the free version, then it is free. If you use the advanced features (that we use), it is a license fee per user."
  • "Make sure that you get the most out of your Office 365 licenses for Azure AD. If you have additional concerns for users who don't have an Office 365 license, consider Azure AD Premium P1 and P2. Be aware that you have to evaluate your license usage beforehand."
  • "If you have a different IDP today, I would take a close look at what your licensing looks like, then reevaluate the licensing that you have with Microsoft 365, and see if you're covered for some of this other stuff. Folks sometimes don't realize that, "Oh, I'm licensed for that service in Azure." This becomes one of those situations where you have the "aha" moment, "Oh, I didn't know we can do that. Alright, let's go down this road." Then, they start to have conversations with Microsoft to see what they can gain. I would recommend that they work closely with their TAM, just to make sure that they are getting the right level of service. They may just not be aware of what is available to them."
  • "If you are dealing with one supplier with an out-of-the-box solution, which provides you end-to-end capabilities, then it is naturally cheaper and less of a headache to manage and operate."
  • "Be sure: You know your userbase, e.g., how many users you have. You choose the right license and model that suit your business requirements."
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  • "There is an initial license and then there is a subscription needed."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:It has given us the ability to be able to establish single sign-on identities in which we can establish credentials no matter where we are, whether it is on-premises or in the cloud, in a hybrid… more »
    Top Answer:The pricing is good and not complex. Any organization, middle or small, can easily adopt it. Microsoft is very flexible with the Azure AD pricing plan.
    Top Answer:I want to see new functionalities for the active directory. I would like to be able to establish that when you log into computers locally, it is installed on a laptop and you can enable the MFA… more »
    Top Answer:The user self-service program and the Office 365 provisioning service feature are the most valuable. It is a very easy and feature-rich solution that gives priority to the users and security.
    Top Answer:They can include the Mobile Device Management (MDM) feature.
    Top Answer:We sell as well as use this solution for our IT operations. We are using it for single sign-on. We are a small company, and we have a few users of this solution.
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    Overview


    Azure Active Directory (Azure AD), part of Microsoft Entra, is an enterprise identity service that provides single sign-on, multifactor authentication, and conditional access to guard against 99.9 percent of cybersecurity attacks.

    Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) is a cloud-based identity and access management service. This service helps your employees access external resources, such as Microsoft 365, the Azure portal, and thousands of other SaaS applications. Azure Active Directory also helps them access internal resources like apps on your corporate intranet network, along with any cloud apps developed for your own organization.

    Azure AD is intended for:

    • IT admins: As an IT admin, use Azure AD to control access to your apps and your app resources, based on your business requirements. For example, you can use Azure AD to require multi-factor authentication when accessing important organizational resources. You can also use Azure AD to automate user provisioning between your existing Windows Server AD and your cloud apps, including Microsoft 365. Finally, Azure AD gives you powerful tools to automatically help protect user identities and credentials and to meet your access governance requirements.
    • App developers: As an app developer, you can use Azure AD as a standards-based approach for adding single sign-on (SSO) to your app, allowing it to work with a user's pre-existing credentials. Azure AD also provides APIs that can help you build personalized app experiences using existing organizational data. 
    • Microsoft 365, Office 365, Azure, or Dynamics CRM Online subscribers: As a subscriber, you're already using Azure AD. Each Microsoft 365, Office 365, Azure, and Dynamics CRM Online tenant is automatically an Azure AD tenant. You can immediately start to manage access to your integrated cloud apps.

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    Sample Customers
    Azure Active Directory is trusted by companies of all sizes and industries including Walmart, Zscaler, Uniper, Amtrak, monday.com, and more.
    MLB, Citi, Pfizer, SulAmerica, GE Capital, Shiseido
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm16%
    Computer Software Company12%
    Manufacturing Company11%
    Energy/Utilities Company7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company20%
    Financial Services Firm12%
    Comms Service Provider10%
    Government7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company22%
    Financial Services Firm12%
    Government10%
    Energy/Utilities Company7%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business31%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise55%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise66%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business38%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise50%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business19%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise67%
    Buyer's Guide
    Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) vs. CyberArk Identity
    November 2022
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    Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) is ranked 1st in Single Sign-On (SSO) with 100 reviews while CyberArk Identity is ranked 5th in Single Sign-On (SSO) with 6 reviews. Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) is rated 8.8, while CyberArk Identity is rated 9.0. The top reviewer of Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) writes "With multi-factor authentication, we've seen a marked decrease in the number of threats we've seen come through". On the other hand, the top reviewer of CyberArk Identity writes "Easy to set up with powerful features and good reliability". Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) is most compared with Google Cloud Identity, Auth0, CyberArk Privileged Access Manager, Okta Workforce Identity and AWS Directory Service, whereas CyberArk Identity is most compared with Microsoft Intune, Okta Workforce Identity, SailPoint IdentityIQ, F5 BIG-IP Access Policy Manager (APM) and VMware Workspace ONE. See our Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) vs. CyberArk Identity report.

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