In a move to give Amazon Web Services users more control over software costs or usage of their cloud service, the company has integrated its AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) into its AWS Marketplace.
By supporting AWS Identity and Access Management, AWS Marketplace gives users the ability to control and manage accounts in the cloud marketplace.
AWS Marketplace offers commercial and open-source software products, including tools, operating systems, application infrastructure, middleware and business apps, which developers, IT admins and business users can run in the Amazon cloud.
The addition of AWS Identity and Access Management gives IT administrators more options to fine-tune the management of their cloud service, Amazon said.
"As the AWS account owner, you now have fine-grained control over usage and software costs," Jeff Barr, senior manager, cloud computing solutions at Amazon, wrote in a blog about the announcement.
"Roles and permissions are created and managed through IAM, making it easy to get started, and easy to add controls for AWS Marketplace to new or existing IAM groups," Barr added. "You can now use Marketplace permissions to control access to Marketplace and to the EC2 [Elastic Compute 2 Web service] instances that it launches, based on a user's role in the business."
Amazon said it has created three templates for clients who want to use AWS Identity and Access Management.
The View Subscribed Software template is for administrators concerned with technical standards and adoption of software, but who don't manage cloud instances.
The Manage Subscriptions template lets a user subscribe to software, but not start or manage a particular EC2 services that run the software. This is for staffs who want to approve software for use inside an organization, but who do not create instances of the software.
The Full Control template allows a client to subscribe to software and to build and manage EC2 cloud images running that software.
PUBLISHED OCT. 8, 2012