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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

Defining enterprise standards for identity

First and foremost, it is important to outline that defining standards or blueprints that are universally valid is not possible. This is because every company has different internal processes and different teams, and adopts different technologies. Most importantly, each company has a different business and, as such, they may have different priorities on how to manage internal APIs and services in general. Hence, this topic cannot be covered exhaustively with a single guideline. This section aims to expose the important principles and provide the items needed to define customized guidelines within a company to plan how to define services and APIs and, therefore, to dictate the authentication guidelines among these services.

The business impact of properly managing APIs and services depends on the strategy of the organization as well as the business context. Just to provide an example, there are companies that sell APIs to third-party developers...