"Microsoft's holier-than-thou standards pitch for .Net could be
undermined by its insistence on using its own, non-standard version
of Kerberos. And that, reckons Bloor Research in an overview of
HailStorm published today here,could prove controversial."
"Unlike all the other open standards displayed throughout the
.Net initiative, when it comes to authentication it looks like
HailStorm is going to get proprietary on the industry," writes
Bloor analyst Mat Hanrahan, aka Gryphon. "This is significant.
Authentication identifies the components and authorises
collaboration, without authentication the services cannot work
"Potentially, concludes Bloor Research, that could be "one of
the biggest lock-ins the industry has seen. Effectively Microsoft
will be able to exploit and leverage their client server base
straight through the data-center right the way up to the