Many organisations depend on on-prem LDAP servers to run their critical business applications. These organisations need an easy way to extend their LDAP infrastructure as they adopt cloud applications.
However, LDAP may not be something IT no longer wishes to manage themselves because they want to move to a cloud-first IT strategy. Or they want a way to add MFA to LDAP authentication for increased security.
Okta's LDAP Interface allows cloud based LDAP authentication against Universal Directory instead of an on-prem LDAP server, including Active Directory. There is nothing to install, maintain, or update. Everything is in the cloud. This reduces IT's dependencies on on-prem LDAP servers, while improving security by protecting everything behind Okta.
Okta also allows organisations to enable MFA on top of LDAP calls. This is a great way to increase security of legacy applications.