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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 complexity of defining standard guidance

The complexity of defining guidance and blueprints for authentication is increasing year after year for various reasons:

  • Increasing cloud adoption is leading big companies to take up a hybrid cloud model. The cloud is nothing more and nothing less than a data center, where the company can store cloud-native assets that need to co-exist with legacy applications. These cloud models are creating new authentication requirements for communication across data centers and cloud providers.
  • The proliferation of APIs inside these big companies is creating new management needs and authentication requirements.
  • The increase in software development speed, thanks to Agile practices and Platform as a Service (PaaS) cloud services, is creating more applications in less time, which is increasing the management footprint of a company much more quickly than before.
  • The nature of cloud-native, serverless, and distributed applications requires...