Microsoft Azure Active Directory Backup Authentication Service
Are you concerned about overloading your Microsoft Azure capacity before you have the chance to shift your workloads? Microsoft has heard your concerns and has developed an effective Azure Active Directory backup authentication service to cover your needs.
The Azure AD backup authentication service transparently and automatically handles authentications for supported workloads when the primary Azure AD service is unavailable. It adds an additional layer of resilience on top of the multiple levels of redundancy in Azure AD. You can compare this to a backup generator, or an uninterrupted power supply designed to provide additional fault tolerance while staying completely transparent and automatic to users.
The system operates in the Microsoft cloud but on separate and decorrelated systems and network paths from the primary Azure AD system. This means that it can continue to operate in case of service, network, or capacity issues across many Azure AD and dependent Azure services.
This service has been protecting Outlook Web Access and SharePoint Online workloads since 2019. Earlier this year, Microsoft completed backup support for applications running on desktops and mobile devices, or “native” apps. All Microsoft native apps including Office 365 and Teams, plus non-Microsoft and customer-owned applications running natively on devices, are now covered.
Starting at the end of the year, Microsoft will begin rolling out support for more web-based applications. Microsoft will be phasing in apps using Open ID Connect, starting with Microsoft web apps like Teams Online and Office 365, followed by customer-owned web apps that use Open ID Connect and Security Assertion Markup Language.
The Azure AD backup authentication services helps users stay productive in the unlikely scenario of an Azure AD primary authentication outage. The service provides another transparent layer of redundancy to our service in a decorrelated Microsoft cloud and network pathways.
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