Cloud Directory Capability AWS User Management

Written by Rajat Bhargava on April 6, 2017

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With more than a million business customers and counting, Amazon Web Services is leading a major charge towards the cloud in regards to server infrastructure.

More and more companies, both large and small alike, are realizing the cost-effective nature of using a Infrastructure-as-a-Service provider for creating IT infrastructure. This strategy saves more than just money, it also saves time and stress, because IT doesn’t have to stand up the infrastructure all on their own.

Looking back at what AWS is doing, their focus is adding ease-of-access capabilities to their cloud infrastructure. These capabilities ultimately make IT organizations able to run their systems more efficiently.

With AWS there are some limitations that hinder IT and system admins. Controlling user access to servers and applications hosted on AWS proves to be rather difficult.

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Cloud Server User Management On Demand

Managing user access to Windows and Linux AWS servers is made possible by JumpCloud and our Directory-as-a-Service® platform. With our centralized user management capability we can manage servers hosted both AWS, other cloud infrastructure providers, and even on-prem servers.

User management SaaS

If you want to divorce your marriage to Microsoft Active Directory or OpenLDAP, then JumpCloud’s virtual management system is what you need. Maintenance and management of hardware and software by IT or development becomes a thing of the past.

Both the AWS platform and JumpCloud’s unified cloud directory are delivered as a SaaS-based service. This results in IT and development organizations only having to pay for what they really need and use.

So, How Does It Work?

Typically, AWS cloud servers are instantiated with an EC2 user. This could lead to trouble, as keeping that user around and sharing credentials is not wise for security purposes.

DaaS provides a solution to this issue, as unique accounts are created for users to access the servers themselves. This is where DaaS differs from the IAM solution that AWS delivers. JumpCloud enables IAM to access the AWS console, granting users the access to create and destroy servers. The overall aim with our cloud server user management is toward the physical login to the actual server.

Usernames and passwords to servers is not required by AWS, only SSH logins to Linux exist. When JumpCloud is activated, the unified cloud directory enables the use of SSH keys and permits end users to manage their public keys.

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Centrally Managed Accounts Delivered

Through a lightweight agent JumpCloud’s Directory-as-a-Service platform connects both Linux and Windows with AWS. This agent leverages a mutual TLS connection to communicate with the JumpCloud infrastructure. In addition, all of the communication comes strictly from the agent.

The creation of groups comprised of users and servers leads to easier provisioning, deprovisioning, and modifications. For those with an existing Active Directory instance, these users can be leveraged into AWS without the hassle of networking and loss of security.

Unified Cloud Directory: Do You Want More?

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Drop us a note if you are interested in learning about how you can easily manage and centralize users within your AWS cloud server.

JumpCloud’s unified cloud directory capabilities with AWS cloud server user management has been an integral tool in enabling organizations to embrace cloud infrastructure.

To really learn more try out a free JumpCloud account – the first ten users are for forever.

Rajat Bhargava

Rajat Bhargava is co-founder and CEO of JumpCloud, the first Directory-as-a-Service (DaaS). JumpCloud securely connects and manages employees, their devices and IT applications. An MIT graduate with two decades of experience in industries including cloud, security, networking and IT, Rajat is an eight-time entrepreneur with five exits including two IPOs, three trade sales and three companies still private.

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