Azure Active Directory, also known as Azure AD or AAD, it is a cloud based identity solution, which provides a multiple functionalities required from a identity solution. Moving corp identity to cloud is very much required for certain SaaS applications needed by the org users.
Azure AD is highly available by architecture design spread across 28 data centers in different geographies. It is consisted of independent building blocks to provide the scale and availability,
Azure AD could benefit your business in multiple ways such as
1. Single sign-on for multiple applications
2. Integration with an existing Windows Server Active Directory
3. Pre-integration with favourite cloud services
4. Azure AD multifactor authentication and conditional access
5. Multiple platform functionality
6. Azure AD works with more than just Microsoft software
7. Azure AD reduces risk
8. Global availability
9. Comprehensive reporting
10. Free test run and multi-pricing plans
Azure Active Directory empowers employees through providing access to the business world’s leading cloud applications and services – on the device they choose, from wherever, whenever they need.
With general availability of Azure Active Directory (AD) based access control for Azure Storage Blobs and Queues, enterprises can now grant specific data access permissions to users and service identities from their Azure AD tenant using Azure’s Role-based access control (RBAC). Administrators can then track individual user and service access to data using Storage Analytics logs. Storage accounts can be configured to be more secure by removing the need for most users to have access to powerful storage account access keys.
By leveraging Azure AD to authenticate users and services, enterprises gain access to the full array of capabilities that Azure AD provides, including features like two-factor authentication, conditional access, identity protection, and more. Azure AD Privileged Identity Management (PIM) can also be used to assign roles “just-in-time” and reduce the security risk of standing administrative access.
In addition, developers can use Managed identities for Azure resources to deploy secure Azure Storage applications without having to manage application secrets.