If you’re feeling slightly confused about the new offering from Amazon Web Services (AWS®) in the cloud directory space, it’s completely understandable. The term “cloud directory” meant one thing in the past, but recently, it has been used for slightly different purposes. This raises the obvious question, what is AWS® Cloud Directory exactly? Well, let’s dive in and try to peel the onion together.
So, What is AWS Cloud Directory Really?
Peeling back the first layer, AWS Cloud Directory is simply a repository for hierarchical information. In other words, AWS Cloud Directory is a database where IT admins can place object data, create relationships between objects, or assign attributes to those objects. One good example of an AWS Cloud Directory capability would be the ability to create an organizational chart for a particularly complex organization (think of a tree with many long and winding branches), and then subsequently tie important attributes to those objects in the org chart itself. Seems practical, right?
But considering it’s supposed to be a directory service—does this sound odd at all to you? AWS Cloud Directory is taking a far different approach than the traditional meaning behind the term directory services, or the newer term of a cloud directory for that matter. While somewhat related to both, it is critical to understand that even though AWS Cloud Directory can create complex relationships between objects in a hierarchical fashion, it does not provide the ability to authenticate users or connect them to their IT resources.
In Need of a True Cloud Directory Service
In the past, IT resources were located on-prem and accessed through Microsoft® Active Directory® (MAD or AD), but with the migration to the cloud, that model has changed dramatically. AD was built exclusively to support Windows-based devices, so the shift to AWS’ data centers has been somewhat problematic. To compensate for MAD’s limitations, AWS Directory Service was created as a separate solution. Rather than solving the problem, this created a new one, as IT admins were stuck managing separate systems, or trying to ensure that integration (Read more...)
*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Blog – JumpCloud authored by George Lattimore. Read the original post at: https://jumpcloud.com/blog/what-is-aws-cloud-directory/