Posted by: Dilipkrishnan
Development, SOA, Web services
Many internet-years ago Microsoft released an experimental service in the cloud called BizTalk Connectivity Services. Pretty neat stuff. It consists of the following pieces… (to quote the description on the site.)
- Identity Services are hosted services that enable organizations to more easily manage their users and help developers create more secure applications that support user identities from many different organizations.
- Connectivity Services are hosted services that make application messaging between organizations easier.
The identity services are pretty basic at the moment and allow just enough fine grained control over resources. It has the notion of
- Resources – which act as boundaries/scope of controlling access
- Operations – which give a finer grain of control, as to who gets to do ‘what’ within the scope of a resource. Operations represent the logical actions that are allowed within the resource
- Rules – which tie users/groups to operations
The connectivity services are just fantastic. The SDK thats ship with the service makes connectivity such a simple task.
This year has seen the mushrooming of many cloud-services not to mention the number of web 2.0 applications that expose their APIs for external consumption. There’s a bunch of very interesting services available in the cloud today and its my guess (oh well, prediction! ) that in 2008 these cloud based services will capture the mindshare of folks (of folksonomy fame), helping them create applications that will connect people/applications using the internet as a service bus. We’ll try and explore some of these cloud services in the following weeks