AWS Server User Management as a Service

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) platform that offers a wide range of cloud based IT resources like compute services, applications, data storage, and infrastructure for modern organizations. With over 1mm business customers, there is no doubt that AWS is the most dominant IaaS provider currently available [TechCrunch].

AWS is so powerful that it has made on-prem data centers and servers a thing of the past for many of organizations. Yet, while AWS has proven to be a valuable asset, it does present some significant challenges when it comes to identity management. That’s why many IT admins are looking for an AWS server user management as a service solution.

The good news is that better user management with AWS is possible when you leverage a complementary identity and access management (IAM) solution called Directory-as-a-Service®. Before explaining how, it is important to understand why AWS is necessary in current IT environments.

Why Organizations Choose AWS

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IT organizations all over the world are making the leap to cloud infrastructure. Instead of building their own data centers or leveraging colocation centers, IT admins and DevOps engineers are leveraging AWS. Why? The IaaS model enables IT organizations to purchase only what they need and pay for it on a monthly basis. This avoids the need for massive cap-x spend, implementation, and management overhead of building a similar infrastructure on-prem.

AWS has also made tremendous inroads with a wide range of infrastructure services including compute, storage, and a laundry list of others. As a result, IT organizations are closer to being able to focus solely on their own core applications and needs rather than building infrastructure.

Why AWS Server User Management is a Challenge for IT

Unfortunately, one area where IT organizations using AWS are forced to spend significant time is identity and access management. Traditionally, IAM has lived on-prem with legacy software solutions. For most organizations, that has meant Microsoft Active Directory® (AD), which has been the directory service of choice and dominant IAM solution since the year 2000.

AD was tailored for an on-prem world with Microsoft Windows® at (Read more...)

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Vince Lujan

Vince is a documentation and blog writer at JumpCloud, the world’s first cloud-based directory service. Vince recently graduated with a degree in professional and technical writing from the University of New Mexico, and enjoys researching new innovations in cloud architecture and infrastructure.

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