Wednesday, November 05, 2008
The move to claims-based identity continues. Making this approach real requires infrastructure, however, which the vendors need to provide. Without it, a claims-based world won't materialize.
Microsoft's Geneva technology family provides one example of this infrastructure. First made public at last week's PDC, it has three parts:
- The Geneva server, which is the next release of Active Directory Federation Services and more
- CardSpace Geneva, the next release of Windows CardSpace
- The Geneva framework, providing a foundation for developers to create claims-based applications and other identity-oriented software. (This technology was originally announced under the code name "Zermatt".)
"Geneva" is also a code name, and all of these technologies are still in their initial betas. Still, to help people understand what they're all about, I've written a Microsoft-sponsored Geneva white paper, available here
I believe that claims-based identity is a terrific idea--it can make life so much simpler both for developers and for the people who use the apps they create. I look forward to a world where this approach is the norm.