Here are the goods for my 3 sessions presented at Cloud Connections LV a few weeks ago.
The Cloud, the SLA and the Business
You may at times think that the Service Level Agreement (SLA) is just a piece of paper that promises some abstract level of system reliability but it is much more than that to the internal business. Building an SLA is a very important process that when executed helps the entire company including the IT operations and developer teams understand and implement best practices for monitoring, diagnostics, reporting and maintaining a reliable and scalable application. It is also a document that inspires customer confidence in your system and services, though sometimes the internal SLA is much more detailed than the one shared with customers. In this session we will review how to build a solid SLA, how to use it for internal good and to ensure success, touch on the developer and IT contributions necessary and discuss the kinds of reporting that support SLA for customer validation.
Why YOU Need AppFabric Access Control
AppFabric Access Control is an essential feature of the Windows Azure platform. It is now a protocol hub in the cloud that allows you to manage trust relationships with partners and other application domains so that your application can focus on one thing: authorizing access for the already authenticated user. No need to implement your own custom Security Token Service to handle these relationships - just move it to the cloud and BAM! Federation bliss. This session will walk you through some killer scenarios related to authenticating to your favorite identity provider such as Windows Live, Yahoo, Google or Facebook; configuring Access Control with policy to extend trust from your application to these identity providers; implementing both passive (ASP.NET) and active (WCF) federation scenarios; and achieving it all with as little code as possible!
See Access Control samples here: Same As Dev Connections Session
Identity Federation 1-2-3
Identity federation makes it possible for applications to extend trust to business partners, other corporate domains, and really to users that belong to any trusted domain. It also facilitates the Single Sign-On (SSO) experience for browser-based applications. Windows Identity Foundation (WIF) simplifies the developer experience by supplying protocol support and some tooling to get you started. Still, we can make this even easier. Developers new to identity may not know all the necessary steps beyond the template. This can be simplified with the help of some boilerplate templates and some tools that really hide the complexity of WIF configuration so that developers can plug in a go in just a few steps plus with a simple set of configuration settings choose from the most common configuration scenarios to enable federation. Come to this session to see it in action and make your life in identity as easy as 1-2-3!
See identity federation samples here: FederatedIdentitySamples.zip