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Both the hosted and installed versions of OpenAthens are excellent options when you want to access federated resources but they have some differences that may make one a better fit for you than the other. Here is how the various main features compare:

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Local / OpenAthens LA

Hosted / OpenAthens MD

Federation support

  • Any
  • OpenAthens federation

  • UK Access Management federation

  • InCommon

  • More as needed

Local SAML resources

  • Yes
  • Yes

Installation

  • Local
  • Hosted

Local directories supported

  • LDAP / ActiveDirectory
  • Write your own module
  • LDAP / ActiveDirectory
  • SirsiDynix
  • SAML / ADFS / CAS
  • API

Attribute handling

  • Direct mapping
  • Reglar Expressions
  • Javascript
  • Direct mapping
  • Transform rules

Proxy

  • Self managed
  • Managed, with local forward option

Reporting by

  • Category
  • Group
  • Permission set
  • Country
  • Network
  • Any custom attribute

Reporting schedules

  • None
  • Daily
  • Weekly
  • Monthly

Create accounts

  • No
  • Yes

Backups

  • Self managed
  • Yes

Infrastructure 

  • Self managed
  • Distributed worldwide

Service monitoring

  • Self managed
  • 24/7 on call support


To find out more about how to use the hosted version, see: OpenAthens MDIdentity