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Cloud Identity Patterns and Strategies

By : Giuseppe Di Federico, Fabrizio Barcaroli
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Book Image

Cloud Identity Patterns and Strategies

5 (1)
By: Giuseppe Di Federico, Fabrizio Barcaroli

Overview of this book

Identity is paramount for every architecture design, making it crucial for enterprise and solutions architects to understand the benefits and pitfalls of implementing identity patterns. However, information on cloud identity patterns is generally scattered across different sources and rarely approached from an architect’s perspective, and this is what Cloud Identity Patterns and Strategies aims to solve, empowering solutions architects to take an active part in implementing identity solutions. Throughout this book, you’ll cover various theoretical topics along with practical examples that follow the implementation of a standard de facto identity provider (IdP) in an enterprise, such as Azure Active Directory. As you progress through the chapters, you’ll explore the different factors that contribute to an enterprise's current status quo around identities and harness modern authentication approaches to meet specific requirements of an enterprise. You’ll also be able to make sense of how modern application designs are impacted by the company’s choices and move on to recognize how a healthy organization tackles identity and critical tasks that the development teams pivot on. By the end of this book, you’ll be able to breeze through creating portable, robust, and reliable applications that can interact with each other.
Table of Contents (15 chapters)
Part 1: Impact of Digital Transformation
Part 2: OAuth Implementation and Patterns
Part 3: Real-World Scenarios


In this chapter, we reviewed the criteria for how a company should evaluate the IDP that they will choose. We discovered that there are not only technical factors at play in this choice but also regulation policies for specific businesses playing an important role. We reviewed all the technical aspects that should affect the choice of which IDP to use.

We also had the opportunity to describe, from a very high-level point of view, some of the IDPs that have a good standing on the market.

In the next chapter, we are going to move a step further and a level deeper: we are going to describe in detail how one of the most important IDPs works, look at its features, discuss the advantages and disadvantages of adopting it, and see the benefits an enterprise can obtain by leveraging features that are built on top of the OAuth protocol when choosing this IDP. We are going to have a closer look at AAD.