Security is repeatedly cited as the main concern that prevents enterprises from moving to the cloud. And yet, software vendors continue to transition features, functions and data into the cloud – including users’ identities and the authentication process.
It seems like there is a lot of discussion going on lately about identity. In fact it’s a very hot topic among most of the organizations I speak with. However identity is not a new topic, there are just better technologies available to manage identity and more companies providing identity solutions.
Like much of the identity and access management market, Identity-as-a-Service is a complex, confusing space. When shopping around for the right solution, the challenge is not necessarily the wide variety of players. It is the multiplicity of definitions and solutions. Some consider it as part of directory services and to some it is a directory extension technology. Others consider it a single sign-on to web applications. So, what is Identity-as-a-Service?
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