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AWS IAM vs AWS Service Catalog: What are the differences?

AWS IAM: Securely control access to AWS services and resources for your users. AWS Identity and Access Management; AWS Service Catalog: Create and manage catalogs of IT services that are approved for use on AWS. 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.

AWS IAM and AWS Service Catalog belong to "Cloud Access Management" category of the tech stack.

Some of the features offered by AWS IAM are:

  • 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.

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

  • Ensure Compliance with Corporate Standards
  • Help Employees Quickly Find and Deploy Approved IT Services
  • Centrally Manage IT Service Lifecycle
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Pros of AWS IAM
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    Centralized powerful permissions based access
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    Cons of AWS IAM
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      Cloud auth limited to resources, no apps or services
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      No equivalent for on-premise networks, must adapt to AD
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      What is AWS IAM?

      It enables you to manage access to AWS services and resources securely. Using IAM, you can create and manage AWS users and groups, and use permissions to allow and deny their access to AWS resources.

      What is 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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      What are some alternatives to AWS IAM and AWS Service Catalog?
      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.
      Okta
      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.
      Auth0
      A set of unified APIs and tools that instantly enables Single Sign On and user management to all your applications.
      OAuth2
      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.
      Teleport
      Teleport makes it easy for users to securely access infrastructure and meet the toughest compliance requirements.
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