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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


This chapter covered both technical and non-technical topics. In the first few sections of this chapter, we were provided with an overview of the current market landscape, where identities are used, and the differences between the markets. We also discussed how the evolution of identity protocols has enabled a simplification of the UX and an improvement in user engagement in the services that delegate the authentication logic to external IdPs. This chapter also drilled down to showcase the technical landscape of the identities around today, the most common protocols, and a specific emphasis on SSO, which is widely adopted in the enterprise market.

In the next chapter, we will provide a historical overview of cloud identity and its evolution in enterprises, why it is needed, and the difference between cloud and hybrid identities. We will also provide an overview of the future of identity technologies.