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Overview about IAM in AWS and its different features

IAM in AWS

Before knowing about any part of our body we first need to know how our body functions and what is its importance. Just like that before knowing what IAM in AWS is, we first need to throw a light on what AWS is.   

A short Introduction about AWS (Amazon Web Services). 

Do you know that the most widely adopted cloud platform is Amazon Web Services (AWS) and it need not any introduction because of the importance and popularity it has gained over the years.  

Learning AWS is one of the excellent skill one can possess. Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a cloud service provided from Amazon, which provides services in the form of building blocks.  

These building blocks can be used to create and deploy any type of application in the cloud and these particular services or building blocks are designed in order to work with each other.  

What is AMI in AWS?

What is AMI in AWS?

An Amazon Machine Image (AMI), the master image known as EC2 instances, is for the creation of Virtual Servers in the Amazon Web Services Environment. You know what machine images are like? They are like templates that are configured with an operating system along with other software that decides the user’s operating system. Amazon Machine Image types are categorized on the basis of region, operating system, system architecture that launches permissions that whether they are backed by Amazon.  

What is IAM in AWS? 

What is IAM in AWS?

The first thing that we are going to start with is by learning the full form of IAM which is AWS Identity and Access Management. IAM helps you in specifying that who can access to AWS services and resources and in which conditions.   

By using IAM, you can create and manage AWS users and groups, and use permissions to allow and deny their access to AWS resources.  

An IAM role is an Identity of AWS and Access Management (IAM) entity consisting of permissions to make AWS service requests. IAM roles cannot request directly to AWS services. They are meant to be known by authorized entities, such as IAM users, applications, or AWS services such as EC2.   

How many types of security services are available in AWS. 

How many types of security services are available in AWS. 

There are many types of security services that are available but there are few of them that are widely in use by AWS, for example:  

  • IAM  
  • Key Management   
  • Cognito  

What is the importance of IAM in AWS?   

What is the importance of IAM in AWS?   

IAM is important as it can be used in securing and controlling individual as well as group access to your AWS resources. What else you can do is create and manage the identities of the user and grant the IAM users, permission to access your resources. You can also grant permission to the outside users of AWS.  

What are the steps taken to start with IAM? 

What are the steps taken to start with IAM? 

If you are thinking of using IAM then you need to first subscribe to any one AWS Services that is related with IAM.  With the help of various median such as IAM, APIs, AWS CLI, or IAM console, that provides a web based or a point-and-click interface, manage users, group and permissions. To create policies, you can bring in use the visual editor.  

Who all can use IAM and what problem does it solve? 

Who all can use IAM and what problem does it solve? 

Anyone who is a customer of AWS can use IAM. There are no charges applicable for providing the service. If any other AWS services are being used by your users, then only, you’ll be charged otherwise not.