Running ADFS for Office 365 in the cloud

One of the challenges organisations face when moving workloads to the cloud with Office 365 such as Exchange, SharePoint and Lync is that they must implement solutions such as Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) on-premises.
A common question customers ask is why they need to deploy more on-premises infrastructure and introduce a new point of failure – effectively undermining some of the benefits of moving to Office 365.

For some time my team at Paradyne has been deploying the ADFS workload in the cloud as well – utilising Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offerings from Tier 1 providers such as Rackspace, Amazon, Windows Azure, and Telstra (in Australia).

I felt it would be good to share this information in the form of a discussion paper for those organisations considering moving to Office 365 and wanting to deploy ADFS.
Feel free to download and share my whitepaper “Integrating Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) with Office 365 through IaaS” from the whitepapers section of this site.

Also published on Medium.

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