Fedrated ID Comes to Microsoft Azure

Microsoft's architecture is a more flexible approach to establishing a user's identity.

By Kara Reeder | Posted Nov 25, 2009
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According to InformationWeek, Microsoft has announced a Microsoft Identity Platform built into its Azure cloud that invokes a "claims-based architecture" to establish a federated identity for users.

A federated identity can be used to provide a single sign on to multiple applications, both in the enterprise and in the cloud.

Even though the platform follows WS-Federation, an identity-management standard supported by the likes of IBM, Verisign and CA, Microsoft's implementation of a claims-based architecture is its own variation on the specifications. Microsoft's architecture is a more flexible approach to establishing a user's identity. Says Kim Cameron, Microsoft's chief identity architect:

In this model, developers don't have to program identity management into the application. It comes to them.

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