Graph API for Windows Azure Active Directory

Last week at TechEd Microsoft disclosed their new Graph API for Windows Azure Active Directory. Graph API is a RESTful web service for accessing the identity system behind Windows Azure and Office365.

This is an interesting development because it will enable Azure and Office365 customers to provision with systems other than FIM. While Graph API is not specifically an identity management API like SPML and SCIM, the capabilities are effectively the same in the context of the Azure environment.

There is a great presentation on this here, including a demo of the soon to be released OptimalIdM support.

It seems strange that there is so little attention being paid to this. It really an important step in cloud identity.

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One response to “Graph API for Windows Azure Active Directory

  1. Jeff, very good point about very little attention being paid to this. As the world starts to move to the cloud, this ability is going to become quite useful.

    For internal non-cloud based environments though, other things, especially security, tend to be more important, at least for now. (For eg, I’ve been researching Active Directory Privilege Escalation and it seems an equally unknown area as well.)

    Thanks also for the link to the presentation – good stuff!

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