Alloy Discovery supports both Windows and Standard authentication. Based on your environment, you can use one or the other and possibly even both. Each authentication type has its own benefits and disadvantages.
With Windows authentication, users do not need to type in their user name and password to log in to Alloy Discovery because the system authenticates them with their current Windows credentials. This authentication method can be used in Windows domain-based networks only.
With Standard authentication, each user has to type in their user name and password to log in to Alloy Discovery. In this case, authentication occurs by matching supplied credentials against accounts residing in Alloy Discovery.
Standard Authentication can be used in any network.