Over the last few decades, innovations have increased world-wide market integration. As globalization grew over this time, competition intensified and organizations were forced to outsource non-core competencies and form strategic partnerships. To support this, the software industry developed component-based design (e.g., COM and CORBA), so that their solutions could be reused more easily, increasing business agility. As these components needed to interoperate in heterogeneous environments, the IT industry created XML Web services to function as an integration layer; this allowed components to be used more easily across technology platforms. Over time, best practices for designing systems with these technologies emerged (e.g., SOA and REST).
Regardless of the approach used, IT's response to the business pressures continued to evolve. The invention of virtualization allowed enterprises to architect multitenant systems that were capable of elastic scalability and on-demand allocation of resources. This provided businesses with new models for delivering value. By offering these together with self-service capabilities and pay-per-use billing, cloud computing was born.
This new paradigm is more than marketing hype; it is a major aspect of Web 3.0. Its potential economic benefits make it impossible to ignore, but adoption needs to be considered carefully. One of the primary issues is security and, in particular, identity management (IdM). To successfully use the cloud , adopters of this new architecture need to find ways to extend or augment their identity services to include existing services and new cloud-based ones.
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