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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

Real-World Identity Provider – A Zoom-In on Azure Active Directory

In previous chapters, we went through a theoretical overview of how modern authentication protocols work and how they can simplify the way that users interact with an application .We analyzed the pros and cons of each authentication flow that these protocols provide, how they fit into the modern application landscape from a technical perspective, and the main challenges that an enterprise faces every day in the real world.

Having shared a list of the most famous identity providers that can be found on the market today, we would like to take a deep dive into one of them: Azure Active Directory (AAD).

In this chapter, we will explain many of the features that AAD offers, starting with the features that relate to the implementation of the underlying authentication protocols that we now know and understand. Then, we will go ahead with a list of features that have been built on top of the basic identity provider...