Back in August I blogged about some new capabilities that we turned on in preview that will simplify managing access to many popular SaaS applications.
Today I want to give you an update on our plans and also share some data demonstrating the tremendous customer growth we are seeing!
Since July we've made major progress in delivering our Application Access Enhancements for Azure AD. We've turned on preview of our single-sign on capabilities using our SAML federation capabilities and our new password vaulting system. We've turned on our outbound identity provisioning system and have it working with a wide selection of SAAS Applications. And as of last Friday, we have completed integrating with 227 SAAS Application!
Now that we are this far along, it is a good time to share some more news with you:
These free enhancements for Windows Azure AD include:
We will also start a Preview of a premium set of enterprise features in the near future so keep an eye out for that!
In addition to this news, I thought it would be fun to share some of the data we're collecting on the rapidly growing adoption of Windows Azure AD.
As of yesterday, we have processed over 430 Billion user authentications in Azure AD, up 43% from June. And last week was the first time that we processed more than 10 Billion authentications in a seven day period. This is a real testament to the level of scale we can handle! You might also be interested to learn that more than 1.4 million business, schools, government agencies and non-profits are now using Azure AD in conjunction with their Microsoft cloud service subscriptions, an increase of 100% since July.
And maybe even more amazing is that we now have over 240 million user accounts in Azure AD from companies and organizations in 127 countries around the world. It is a good thing we're up to 14 different data centers – it looks like we're going to need it.
So as you can see, Azure AD is getting a world-wide workout and we're proud of how it's shaping up!
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Alex Simons (twitter: @Alex_A_Simons)Director of Program ManagementActive Directory Team
Where can we find the list of applications with a completed integration to WAAD SSO?
When i setup SSO with Google Apps using WAAD firstly the link to download the required certificate that corresponds to my organization's instance of Windows Azure AD doesn't work. Is this a known issue that more people other than myself are seeing?
Secondly, when i setup using a certificate i got with the help from this post: social.technet.microsoft.com/.../18409.best-practices-for-managing-the-application-access-enhancements-for-windows-azure-active-directory.aspx I now get the error ACS50001 Relying party with identifier 'google.com/a/jei18n.com' was not found.
Is this a known issue? Does the preview version work fully with google Apps?
This may be the known bug in Google Apps that it does not include an issuer that is URL-formatted in its SAML Authentication Request. To validate whether this is the issue you are encountering, please try to click on the ‘Google Apps’ tile in the access
If you continue to have problems, then please raise the question in the Windows Azure AD forum at social.msdn.microsoft.com/.../home
so we can help you to complete the Google Apps integration.
The user provisioning is HUGE. That can't happen fast enough.
Does this mean that an on premise AD server is no longer required? If so, would you mind blogging on how to configure things so machines in various locations can authenticate against the Azure AD service?