Thursday, May 03, 2007

What, there are already standards for this?

John Fontana writes about how the new proposed Microsoft, IBM identity protocol standard is spawning controversy.

A protocol developed by IBM and Microsoft for standardizing the sharing of user identities between companies was turned over to a standards body on Wednesday amid controversy that it overlaps with similar protocols already recognized as standards.

I absolutely agree with the issue raised that some critics are concerned with WS-Federation’s dependency on protocols such as WS-Transfer that are not yet standards. I find it a bit difficult to want to build products that are not built on standards. Usually, it works the other way... LDAP V3 builds on LDAP V2 which builds on LDAP - all of which have already been approved as standards...

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