PDC: Microsoft Releases Geneva Beta
Microsoft today released the first beta of its federated identity services
framework aimed at simplifying the way enterprises deploy authentication services.
The company's Geneva framework is aimed at bringing claims-based federated
identity management that extends to individuals, enterprises and online services.
The framework allows organizations to deploy various standards-based identity
protocols -- including SAML, WS-Federated, WS-Identity and OpenID -- and provides
a common exchange across various gateways and security token services (STSs).
Geneva will bring a write-once anywhere model that should take the burden off
developers from addressing identity into their applications, said Kim Cameron,
Microsoft's chief architect of identity and a Microsoft distinguished engineer,
speaking at Microsoft's Professional Developer Conference in Los Angeles.
"The question became how we could develop a framework where we could insulate
[developers] from this turbulence that was consuming their time with things
that were not core to them," Cameron said. "The goal was, you would
be able to have a framework where you can write your application once and [have]
it work automatically in all scenarios."
Geneva consists of three key components: a server edition, a framework consisting
of .NET classes and the Windows CardSpace Geneva client. It was released to
beta today, though it's not feature-complete. A full beta release is planned
for the first half of 2009, while the company intends to release it to
manufacturing by the end of next year.
The company unveiled .NET Access Control Services, which is part of Microsoft's
newly launched cloud-based service called Windows
Azure (until today known as Project Red Dog). It is a tool that allows developers
to determine access controls, Cameron said. The first CTP was released today,
and a refresh is due out by year's end.
Jeffrey Schwartz is editor of Redmond magazine and also covers cloud computing for Virtualization Review's Cloud Report. In addition, he writes the Channeling the Cloud column for Redmond Channel Partner. Follow him on Twitter @JeffreySchwartz.