Amazon Cognito vs AWS Key Management Service

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Amazon Cognito vs AWS Key Management Service: What are the differences?

Developers describe Amazon Cognito as "Securely manage and synchronize app data for your users across their mobile devices". You can create unique identities for your users through a number of public login providers (Amazon, Facebook, and Google) and also support unauthenticated guests. You can save app data locally on users’ devices allowing your applications to work even when the devices are offline. On the other hand, AWS Key Management Service is detailed as "Easily create and control the encryption keys used to encrypt your data". AWS Key Management Service (KMS) is a managed service that makes it easy for you to create and control the encryption keys used to encrypt your data, and uses Hardware Security Modules (HSMs) to protect the security of your keys. AWS Key Management Service is integrated with other AWS services including Amazon EBS, Amazon S3, and Amazon Redshift. AWS Key Management Service is also integrated with AWS CloudTrail to provide you with logs of all key usage to help meet your regulatory and compliance needs.

Amazon Cognito can be classified as a tool in the "User Management and Authentication" category, while AWS Key Management Service is grouped under "Data Security Services".

Some of the features offered by Amazon Cognito are:

  • Manage Unique Identities
  • Work Offline
  • Store and Sync across Devices

On the other hand, AWS Key Management Service provides the following key features:

  • Centralized Key Management
  • Integrated with AWS services
  • Encryption for all your applications

"Backed by Amazon" is the top reason why over 11 developers like Amazon Cognito, while over 3 developers mention "Integrated with AWS CloudTrail" as the leading cause for choosing AWS Key Management Service.

According to the StackShare community, Amazon Cognito has a broader approval, being mentioned in 41 company stacks & 13 developers stacks; compared to AWS Key Management Service, which is listed in 27 company stacks and 5 developer stacks.

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What is Amazon Cognito?

You can create unique identities for your users through a number of public login providers (Amazon, Facebook, and Google) and also support unauthenticated guests. You can save app data locally on users’ devices allowing your applications to work even when the devices are offline.

What is AWS Key Management Service?

AWS Key Management Service (KMS) is a managed service that makes it easy for you to create and control the encryption keys used to encrypt your data, and uses Hardware Security Modules (HSMs) to protect the security of your keys. AWS Key Management Service is integrated with other AWS services including Amazon EBS, Amazon S3, and Amazon Redshift. AWS Key Management Service is also integrated with AWS CloudTrail to provide you with logs of all key usage to help meet your regulatory and compliance needs.
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