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After you've validated a UsernameToken, or checked an XML Signature, it is often good practice to then strip out the WS-Security blocks containing items like tokens and signatures, before sending them downstream to a Web Service. In some cases, you are stripping these out because you don't want the password to remain in the message. In other cases, you may know that the downstream Web Service will choke on the WS-Security block. It also makes the message smaller. The Vordel XML Gateway ships with a built-in stylesheet for stripping WS-Security blocks from SOAP messages. You can see this in the Policy Library. Simply apply this to a service, put it into a chain to run after you've processed the WS-Security headers, and voila the headers are gone. Grab a copy of the Vordel Gateway from here: http://www.vordel.com/products/vx_gateway/ ... (more)

Netflix goes Private: Is this the end of the Public API golden age? And is that a bad thing?

ProgrammableWeb has published a story about how Netflix is taking its API private. In the article, Patricio Robles writes that: "Effective immediately, Netflix has stopped issuing new public API keys to developers and is no longer accepting API affiliates. It is also putting the message boards on its developer portal into read-only mode" http://www.programmableweb.com//news/netflix-closing-public-api-later-year/2014/06/14So what is Netflix doing instead? It is focusing on the known developers who wish to use its APIs. As the ProgrammableWeb article explains, this "small group of kn... (more)

Connecting to the Cloud in Chinese: 连接到云

Cloud Computing Journal Following the translations in Japanese and Spanish, the Connecting to the Cloud series of articles, which I wrote for IBM DeveloperWorks, is now available in Chinese. The series introduces cloud platforms such as Force.com and Amazon SQS, including code samples in Java, and governance and policy, again including code samples (an Amazon policy expressed in JSON). The Gateway "onramp" model is described. Part 1: 连接到云,第 1 部分: 在应用程序中使用云 Part 2: 连接到云,第 2 部分: 实现混合云模型 Part 3: 连接到云,第 3 部分: 云治理和安全性 ... (more)

Microsoft's Cloud Computing Patent Application

Windows Azure at Cloud Expo Today, Alexander Wolfe has been speculating about Microsoft's patent application regarding data migration between cloud services. Although on the face of it, a patent for Cloud migration would appear to be aimed at removing the lock-in associated with a single vendor, the patent application is in fact aimed within a single vendor system. So, it doesn't address the Cloud lock-in problem which has been identified by ENISA as the #1 risk of cloud computing Lock-in to a single vendor can be addressed using a Cloud Service Broker solution which mitigates aga... (more)

Single Sign-On for the Cloud

Jon Stokes from Ars Technica has an interesting interview today with Ping Li of Accel Partners - excerpt: (JS = Jon Stokes, PL = Ping Li) JS: When you say "the new cloud stack," give me some perspective on how you've seen the evolution of the stack in the past two years. PL: The evolution of the stack starts with the mainframe, and everyone is always trying to recreate the mainframe by taking advantage of new technologies. So client-server was taking advantage of processing technology. Web services enabled applications to be networked more efficiently. A lot of cloud innovation ha... (more)