muSOAing for 11/11/09

One of the most commonly used runtime Governance features is mediation. Before the call even hits the actual service there will be need to intercept it for various different reasons. One of the primary reasons is to validate the authenticity of the request to see if it is coming from a valid source and the system that has requested the service is authorized to avail of the service.

This can be ensured in a variety of mechanisms, the most common being using various authentication mechanisms such as client certificates, non federated one like basic authentication and federated ones like SAML token assertion.

Another common reason for mediation is if some sort of orchestration has to be performed using simple service level orchestration.

So mediation is one of the most basic and oft used features.

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