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Cloud Federation Use Case

Cloud Federation Use Case

Cloud Federation


The Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) market is omnipresent and it is a rapidly growing market because it offers companies a lot of profit:

  • SaaS is cloud-based, so no technology has to be purchased, installed or maintained.
  • SaaS limits the use of IT staff allowing them to refocus on more strategic projects.
  • SaaS provides mobility with services that are usually available on any device and from any location.
  • SaaS is subscription-based, with a simpler licensing model for software than any off-the-shelf purchase is to run internally.
  • SaaS can be maintained with updates or upgrades that are transparent to the service of customers.

Nonetheless, SaaS is an extra service, which is maintained and secured outside the organization, and this provides service providers with new and unique challenges.


SaaS-subscribers have been able to use an alternative for the management of the IAM solutions of their SaaS providers. Organizations can implement their own IAM federation by building trust between service and subscriber of the SaaS provider's own managed IAM technology.

F5 Networks cloud federation SaaS software as a service

Illustration: F5 Networks Cloud Federation Architecture

F5 Networks Cloud Federation

F5 Networks Cloud Federation architecture uses Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML), an XML-based open standard data format for exchanging authentication and authorization data between parties. SAML technology eliminates the need to manage independent user accounts on SaaS providers. The key element that provides SAML's is web browser single sign-on (SSO). Moreover, with the F5 Networks Cloud Federation architecture allows to deploy strong authentication solutions including two-factor authentication, enforcing IP geo-location and inspection devices.

F5 Networks BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) and BIG-IP Access Policy Manager (APM) together are the basis for this platform:

• SAML IAM communication between the systems of the organization, and the external service provider to enable SaaS.
• Consistent multi-factor authentication for all users, from all systems where access is required through the BIG-IP devices.

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