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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

The implications of the company’s structure

In Anchor, Trends in API Authentication, we have already seen the drawbacks for an organization to have, maintain, design, and pay for multiple IdPs to serve the multiple application architectures in its portfolio.

The purpose of this section is to understand the common reasons why this phenomenon occurs.

This aspect is usually connected to the structure of an organization. Mature companies already embrace DevOps, which is the practice of breaking down silos within an organization to ease collaboration and boost productivity. Companies that still work on silos with a lack of DevOps practices applied are more likely to suffer the IdP proliferation problem explained in Chapter 6, Trends in API Authentication, in the The multiple IdP dilemma section.

The reasons are straightforward: lack of communication and cooperation cannot produce a common strategy for a company, and this can result in different views on different areas...