Windows Azure Active Directory provides easy-to-use, multi-tenant identity management services for applications running in the cloud and on any device and any platform. Originally created to support Office 365 it is now available as an Azure service. On November 28th, 2012 Microsoft shared that Windows Azure Active Directory (AD) has processed 200 BILLION authentications.
“At Microsoft, we have been on a transformative journey to cloud computing and we have been working with customers every step of the way. Millions of customers have embraced the cloud and we are excited to share the news that we’ve reached a major milestone in cloud scale computing. Since the inception of the authentication service on the Windows Azure platform in 2010, we have now processed 200 BILLION authentications for 50 MILLION active user accounts. In an average week we receive 4.7 BILLION authentication requests for users in over 420 THOUSAND different domains. This is a massive workload when you consider others in the industry are attempting to process 7B logins per year, Azure processes close to that amount in a week.
These numbers sound big right? They are. To put it into perspective, in the 2 minutes it takes to brew yourself a single cup of coffee, Windows Azure Active Directory (AD) has already processed just over 1 MILLION authentications from many different devices and users around the world. Not only are we processing a huge number of authentications but we’re doing it really fast! We respond to 9,000 requests per second and in the U.S. the average authentication takes less than 0.7 seconds. That’s faster than you can get your coffee from your cup and into your mouth! (Do not attempt this at home :-))!”
In this session we will take a tour of Windows Azure Active Directory to learn about its capabilities, interfaces and supported scenarios, and understand how you can take advantage of the features in your application.