Cloud Expo on Ulitzer
Forum Systems unveiled a first-of-its-kind identity broker hardware
appliance, Forum STS.
Web services-based Service Oriented Architectures (SOA) enable communication
via ubiquitous standards such as XML and SOAP. To foster efficient, effective
message exchange and satisfy increasing user demands for real-time,
aggregated information from internal and external business partners, trust
must be established among all entities. Comprehensive mediation,
authentication, and authorization of identity exchange among customer and
partner portals, Web applications, and XML-based Web services provide the
business with a simplified, coherent model for identity management and build
the pillars of Federated SOA.
Addressing these requirements, Forum STS produces and consumes identity
tokens in varying protocol and message formats. Performing identity
XML Magazine on Ulitzer
These days, XML Gateways are a core infrastructure component of any
enterprise SOA deployment. XML Gateways provide the ability to integrate
services securely with granular access control, data-level encryption,
integrity through signatures and XML threat mitigation. XML Gateways can be
deployed as a hardware appliance or as a software gateway ( also as cloud
based instances). Both of these form factors have their advantages and
disadvantages. This article provides readers with a quick synopsis of the
pros and cons of each form factor.
XML Gateway Ha... (more)
In general synchronous web-services are simpler and more common than
asynchronous web services. I like them, because for 99% of cases, the
security can be done at the transport level using 2-way SSL. Asynchronous
web-services introduce additional security challenges - mainly that messages
are likely to be in memory or on disk where the transport is not there to
keep the contents of the message secure. The purpose of this post is not to
explore the security challenges of using asynchronous web-services, but
another complexity - proper handling of web-services callbacks through an ... (more)
It is very rare today to find a business application that has not exposed its
interface via SOAP/XML. XML is the building block that enables business or
consumer applications to exchange data in a standard structured format. The
exchange of XML data typically takes place through an SOAP/XML interface
based on the Web Services standard or through the REST-based standard.
These flexible standards that richly describe interface functions of an
application also introduce a host of XML and Web Services security
vulnerabilities. This article is a quick guide to most common XML and W... (more)
If you're having trouble getting your head around a single cloud deployment,
please feel free to skip this article.
Now if you're someone who thinks that most IT resource will eventually live
in a private or public cloud-based domain, you're not alone, and you may
start looking into how best to work in a multi-cloud environment.
Paul Krill's article "Cerf urges standards for cloud computing" highlights
cloud interoperability and portability issues discussed by Vint Cerf,
co-designer of the TCP/IP protocol that forms the back bone of modern
It behooves us to conside... (more)
Looks like Forum Sentry, the pioneer and leader of XML Gateway and XML
Firewall technology has announced its latest product that now addresses the
growing need for handling not just XML/Web services traffic, but also
From a technology standpoint, this is not a revolutionary jump, but a gradual
evolution of the XML Gateway that now handles HTTP/HTML-header information,
which is by far easier than looking deeper into the XML packets.
However, the business implication of this is significant since companies can
now use a single platform for HTML and XML processi... (more)