"Geneva" Simplifies User Access to Applications and Services
On behalf of Identity and Security team, I would like to announce that this week at PDC 2008, Microsoft announced and released the public beta of code name “Geneva” claims based access platform. This release consists of three components: Geneva Framework for .NET developers, Geneva Server for IT Pros, and Windows CardSpace Geneva for users. These beta releases and additional information can be accessed on the Microsoft Connect site . To support the launch announcement blogs have been posted through Kim Cameron’s blog, supported by communication on Vittorio Bertocci’s blog.
User Access Challenges Today
Identity is hard for developers today who must choose among many different identity technologies that commit an application to a narrow purpose. This takes time away from core development work and makes applications inflexible. IT must then manage numerous applications that exist in disparate identity silos, making management of user access complex and expensive. The advent to SOA and cloud services is likely to amplify these challenges.
“Geneva” Simplifies User Access
With the announcement of “Geneva”, we’re on the road to simplifying user access to applications for developers and IT with a single identity model that externalizes authentication from applications with claims. The model works in the enterprise, federations, and the consumer Web for both on-premises and cloud applications. Microsoft’s single identity model consists of several new software components including developer frameworks, servers, clients, and cloud services. Together, these components form a flexible system for developers to harness to make any connected application easier to build, more secure, and less expensive for your customers to own. Microsoft’s single identity model based on claims delivers significant benefits:
· Enhances developer productivity by providing a single simplified model for user access
· Flexibility by offering choice of components to adopt for your particular needs
· A platform that is based on open standards for interoperability
“Geneva” Includes Three Components
· Geneva Framework, which helps developers build claims-aware applications and services that externalize user authentication from the application
· Geneva Server, a security token service (STS) that issues and transforms claims, manages user access, and enables automated federation
· Windows CardSpace Geneva, which helps users navigate access decisions between multiple identities and control how personal information is used
“Geneva” supports the shared industry vision of an Identity Metasystem, which creates a single-user access model for any application or service and enables security-enhanced collaboration. “Geneva” allows developers to use pre-built identity logic that supports industry standards including WS-* and SAML Protocols, and enables seamless interoperability between claims-based and non-claims systems. In the cloud, Microsoft Services Connector and .NET Access Control Service, both announced at PDC as well, are built on “Geneva” technology and share the same claims architecture.
Link to the beta: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=122266
Single stop resource on Geneva: http://www.microsoft.com/geneva