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What is AWS IAM?

AWS Identity and Access Management.
AWS IAM is a tool in the Cloud Access Management category of a tech stack.

Who uses AWS IAM?

254 companies reportedly use AWS IAM in their tech stacks, including 9GAG, deleokorea, and Barogo.

568 developers on StackShare have stated that they use AWS IAM.

AWS IAM Integrations

Amazon EKS, AWS Fargate, Amazon ECR, Amazon MQ, and Amazon Kendra are some of the popular tools that integrate with AWS IAM. Here's a list of all 17 tools that integrate with AWS IAM.
Private Decisions at about AWS IAM

Here are some stack decisions, common use cases and reviews by members of with AWS IAM in their tech stack.

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We use IAM to simplify permissions and help enforce HIPAA rules on AWS. AWS IAM

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Public Decisions about AWS IAM

Here are some stack decisions, common use cases and reviews by companies and developers who chose AWS IAM in their tech stack.

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In a 2015 AWS case study, Richard Crowley, Director of Operations said “with traditional IT, it would take weeks or months to contend with hardware lead times to add more capacity. Using AWS, we can look at user metrics weekly or daily and react with new capacity in 30 seconds.”

Slack needed to pick an infrastructure partner that could support the exponential growth they were experiencing. AWS is the cloud provider that supplied them with i2.xlarge Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances for their LAMP stack, Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) for user's file uploads and static assets, and ELB to Load Balance workloads across their EC2 instances.

For security, Slack went with Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) for controlling security groups and firewall rules and AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) for controlling user credentials and roles.

In 2018, Slack signed an agreement with AWS to spend at least $50 million a year over five years, for a total of at least $250 million, according to the company’s filing with the SEC for a public stock listing (via CNBC)

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AWS IAM's Features

  • Manage IAM users and their access - You can create users in IAM, assign them individual security credentials (i.e., access keys, passwords, and Multi-Factor Authentication devices) or request temporary security credentials to provide users access to AWS services and resources.
  • Manage IAM roles and their permissions - You can create roles in IAM, and manage permissions to control which operations can be performed by the entity, or AWS service, that assumes the role. You can also define which entity is allowed to assume the role.
  • Manage federated users and their permissions - You can enable identity federation to allow existing identities (e.g. users) from your corporate directory or from a 3rd party such as Login with Amazon, Facebook, and Google to access the AWS Management Console, to call AWS APIs, and to access resources, without the need to create an IAM user for each identity.

AWS IAM Alternatives & Comparisons

What are some alternatives to AWS IAM?
Azure Active Directory
It is a comprehensive identity and access management solution that gives you a robust set of capabilities to manage users and groups. You can get the reliability and scalability you need with identity services that work with your on-premises, cloud, or hybrid environment.
Connect all your apps in days, not months, with instant access to thousands of pre-built integrations - even add apps to the network yourself. Integrations are easy to set up, constantly monitored, proactively repaired and handle authentication and provisioning.
A set of unified APIs and tools that instantly enables Single Sign On and user management to all your applications.
It is an authorization framework that enables a third-party application to obtain limited access to an HTTP service, either on behalf of a resource owner by orchestrating an approval interaction between the resource owner and the HTTP service, or by allowing the third-party application to obtain access on its own behalf.
AWS Service Catalog
AWS Service Catalog allows IT administrators to create, manage, and distribute catalogs of approved products to end users, who can then access the products they need in a personalized portal. Administrators can control which users have access to each application or AWS resource to enforce compliance with organizational business policies. AWS Service Catalog allows your organization to benefit from increased agility and reduced costs because end users can find and launch only the products they need from a catalog that you control.
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AWS IAM's Followers
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