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Sep 6, 2019

Types of SAML providers

SAML provider is an entity within a system that helps the user to access the services that he or she wants.

There are two types of SAML providers:

Service provider

Identity provider

AWS SAML

Service provider

It is an entity within a system that provides the services to the users for which they are authenticated.

Service provider requires the authentication from the identity provider that grants the access to the user.

Salesforce and other CRM are the common service providers.

Identity provider

An identity provider is an entity within a system that sends the authentication to the service provider is about who they are along with the user access rights.

It maintains a directory of the user and provides an authentication mechanism.

Microsoft Active Directory and Azure are the common identity providers.

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