As I wrote here, Mary Jo Foley's interpretation of one of the diagrams in John Shewchuk's second WAAD post made it clear we needed to get a lot visually crisper about what we were trying to show. So I promised that we'd go back to the drawing board. John put our next version out on twitter, got more feedback (see comments below) and ended up with what Mary Jo christened “Diagram 2.0″. Seriously, getting feedback from so many people who bring such different experiences to bear on something like this is amazing. I know the result is infinitely clearer than what we started with.
In the last frame of the diagram, any of the directories represented by the blue symbol could be an on-premise AD, a Windows Azure AD, something hybrid, an OpenLDAP directory, an Oracle directory or anything else. Our view is that having your directory operated in the cloud simplifies a lot. And we want WAAD to be the best possible cloud directory service, operating directories that are completely under the control of their data owners: enterprises, organizations, government departments and startups.
Further comments welcome.