Azure Active Directory provides single sign-on to thousands
of cloud (SaaS) apps and access to web apps that an enterprise runs on-premises. Built for ease
of use, Azure Active Directory features Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA),
access control based on device health, user location, and identity and holistic
security reports, audits, and alerts. Azure Active Directory is available in 3
editions: Free, Basic and Premium.
Benefits of Azure Active Directory
Single sign-on to any cloud and on-premises web app
Azure Active Directory provides secure single sign-on to
cloud and on-premises applications including Microsoft Office 365 and thousands
of SaaS applications such as Salesforce, Workday, DocuSign, ServiceNow, and
Easily extend Active Directory to the cloud
Connection to Active Directory and other on-premises directories
to Azure Active Directory is available in just a few clicks and it helps maintain a consistent set of
users, groups, passwords, and devices across both environments.
Works with iOS, Mac OS X, Android, and Windows devices
Users can launch applications from a personalized web-based access
panel, mobile app, Office 365, or custom company portals using their existing
work credentials—and have the same experience whether they’re working on iOS,
Mac OS X, Android and Windows devices.
Protect sensitive data and apps
Application access security is enhanced using rule-based Azure Multi-Factor
Authentication for both on-premises and cloud applications. Security reporting, auditing, alerting, and “shadow IT”
application discovery helps protect the business. Business can also take advantage of unique machine learning-based capabilities
that identify potential threats.
Protect on-premises web apps with secure remote access
Users can access their on-premises web applications from everywhere and can be
protected with multi-factor authentication, conditional access policies, and
group-based access management. They can also access SaaS and on-premises web apps
from the same portal.
Reduce costs and enhance security with self-service
Admins can delegate important tasks such as resetting passwords and the
creation and management of groups to their employees. Providing self-service
application access and password management through verification steps can
reduce helpdesk calls and enhance security.
Enterprise scale and SLA
Azure Active Directory Premium offers enterprise-grade scale
and reliability. As the directory for Office 365, it already hosts hundreds of
millions of users and handles billions of authentications every day. The high
availability service is hosted in globally distributed datacenters in 17
regions, with worldwide technical support that provides a 99.9% SLA.
Business enterprises can enable users to work from any location – corporate office, home
office, on the go, using any device – desktops, laptops, tabs, smartphones.
They can give the users always-on access to all their work resources using a single set of
credentials protected with Multi-Factor Authentication. After a user has signed
in, they get single sign-on access to their apps and data.
Enterprises can minimize support costs and keep users up and running by configuring self-service experiences. With web-based tools such as Access Panel and Password Reset, users can be given a personalized, company-branded portal to access SaaS applications.
Users create and manage their own groups
Admins can empower users to create their own groups, assign members to
groups they own, approve join requests, and more.
Users change and reset their own passwords
Businesses can give all users in their directory the capability to change
and reset their passwords – whether they are in the cloud or on-premises.