This contribution investigates the role of identity management and trust in user-controlled provisioning of end-to-end light-paths across multiple optical networks managed by different (optical) network service providers. Lack of trust between the user's identity provider and the optical network service providers hampers effective exchange of user identity information needed for authorizing the reservation and utilization of network resources in such user-controlled light-path establishment. The paper proposes a Virtual Organization as a trusted third party to overcome this lack of trust and analyzes the possible roles it can play to facilitate trusted and secure exchange of identity credentials.
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