What services do you have for federating identity between clouds (public and private)?
While a lot of attention and hype has been given to multi-cloud deployment, in reality this is not the adoption we have seen for enterprise and federal customers to date. What we do see is the need for trusted interface between public and private clouds, for example, within our own data centers that support both private and public clouds. Today’s bandwidth charges make “cloud bursting” between on-premises and public clouds out of reach for many customers. In addition, the effort required to support this model may be better spent on more direct initiatives to drive ROI from the cloud.
Currently Cisco does not offer federated identity service.
NetScaler Cloud Gateway is designed to federate identity between public, private, and hybrid clouds—especially coordinating access to SaaS applications.
These services are currently under development. We expect to have robust capabilities within the next 12 months. Many of the technologies that Expedient has tested up to this point limit some of the key functions and benefits that users turn to the cloud for to begin with. From the information available at this point, Expedient is confident that the second generation of these technologies will be more feature rich and deliver a better customer experience.
• Virtual Appliance Form-Factor: HyTrust Appliance is provided as a standard VMware-compatible virtual machine, which allows for easy drop-in deployment into any existing virtual infrastructure. Virtual Appliance Form-Factor takes advantage of benefits afforded to any virtual machine, including backup, disaster recovery, and redundancy capabilities. • Federated deployment: Secure distributed system architecture allows for automated replication of policies and templates across multiple HyTrust Appliances as well as geographic boundaries. • Directory server bridging: Natively integrates with Microsoft Active Directory—as well as any LDAP v3 server—so that organizations can leverage a preexisting repository of users, roles, and groups to provide unified access across heterogeneous infrastructure. • Two-factor authentication: Native support for two-factor authentication solutions, including RSA SecurID, enabling organizations to achieve strong authentication without requiring manual configuration or integration of each individual virtualization host.
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