My Private Cloud - Granting Federated Access to Cloud Resources
The authors describe the research undertaken in the six month JISC/EPSRC funded "My Private Cloud" project, in which they built a demonstration cloud file storage service that allows users to login to it, by using their existing credentials from a configured trusted identity provider. Once authenticated, users are shown a set of accounts that they are the owners of, based on their identity attributes. Once users open one of their accounts, they can upload and download files to it. Not only that, but they can then grant access to their file resources to anyone else in the federated system, regardless of whether their chosen delegate has used the cloud service before or not.