Windows Identity Foundation, Microsoft's framework for integrating claims-based authentication into applications, is now part of the .NET Framework. It was created to simplify work with access control and authentication, and to allow for single sign-on across multiple applications.
Last week, Microsoft announced: the cancellation Version 2.0 of its Windows CardSpace identity service, thus deprecating CardSpace; and the immediate availability of Release 2 of the Community Technology Preview of its U-Prove identity service. These announcements are just the latest moves in Microsoft's decade-long struggle to solve the Internet's "identity problem."
Microsoft has entered the cloud and customers are looking into moving their applications to this new platform. In doing so authentication and identity management needs to be addressed. InfoQ Editor Jon Arild Tørresdal talked to Eugenio Pace, Senior Program Manager in the Patterns & Practices team about the recent federation and identity technologies released from Microsoft.
David Chappell, the Principal of Chappell & Associates, US, has written a whitepaper proposing several solutions for Single Sign-on (SSO) access to applications deployed on Amazon EC2 from a Windows domain. InfoQ explored these solutions to understand what the benefits and tradeoffs each one presented.