Use SAML and PingFederate to Authenticate Users

Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) is an XML-based, open-standard data format for exchanging authentication and authorization data between parties. In particular, between an identity provider and a service provider. SAML is one of the most popular technologies used to implement single sign-on for web-based applications.

We offer this authentication option exclusively to our Acrolinx Private Cloud customers.

This authentication option makes sense if you're on an Acrolinx Private Cloud instance, and you have an existing identity management service other than Google user management. For example, you could connect Acrolinx to Centrify, Okta, OneLogin, or Azure Active Directory.

To authenticate users with SAML, you need a federation server that supports this technology. Currently, the Acrolinx SAML implementation works exclusively with the PingFederateĀ® server from Ping Identity. We work with our hosting provider Rackspace to set one up for you. Contact your Acrolinx project consultant for more details.

PingFederate supports the following federation protocols:

  • SAML 1.0
  • SAML 1.1
  • SAML 2.0
  • OpenID
  • OpenID Connect
  • SCIM 1.1
  • WS-Security
  • WS-Trust
  • WS-Federation