AWS® Cloud Server Authentication Microservice

Amazon Web Services (AWS®) has been adept at providing all kinds of different microservices for IT, development, and DevOps organizations. Considering the microservice market, the concept of authentication as a microservice has been gaining some steam as the world shifts to the cloud. So, as these organizations continue to leverage cloud infrastructure many are asking, is there an AWS cloud server authentication microservice?

Signs point to no, but there is another cloud server authentication microservice that can not only operate in tandem with AWS solutions, but with an assortment of other on-prem and web-based resources, no matter the platform. Before we talk about that, however, let’s explore the world of identity and access management (IAM) and the role microservices play in it.

The IAM Market

IAM Market

The modern era of authentication and identity management really kicked off with the advent of LDAP, or the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol. Two major authentication platforms were spawned from LDAPs functionality – Microsoft® Active Directory® (MAD or AD) and OpenLDAP. Both of these would go on to become on-prem standards for proprietary and open source directory services, respectively. They were hardly considered lightweight, however, and were limited in the platforms and systems they could service. In fact, as the IT world has shifted to the cloud, many IT organizations have been struggling with their on-prem identity provider approach.

With the migration of IT to the cloud, an array of resources, such as cloud infrastructure from AWS, productivity suites from Google® and Microsoft (G Suite™, Office 365™), Mac®and Linux® systems, Samba file servers and NAS appliances, and more flooded the IT market. While they provided (and continue to provide) a bouquet of benefits to an enterprise, these services are driving significant challenges in the identity management approach for IT, dev, and DevOps organizations. Non-Windows®, off-prem platforms present a major challenge to Active Directory, which was designed to operate in Windows-based environments.

Send in the Microservices

Authentication Microservice

IT organizations were caught in a bit of a pickle. On one hand you have a time-honored directory service (Read more...)

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Zach DeMeyer

Zach DeMeyer

Zach is a writer and researcher for JumpCloud with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines. He loves being on the cutting edge of new technology, and when he's not working, he enjoys all things outdoors, making music, and soccer.

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