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Cloud Native Architectures by Piyum Zonooz, Erik Farr, Kamal Arora, Tom Laszewski

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Identities

A cloud native identity management system contains three principle aims:

  • Enable the productivity of individuals within the organization to perform their day-to-day responsibilities. These include DB administrators, security officers, and developers.
  • Enable machines that perform automated actions within the environment. These functions, applications, or machines are increasingly important as environments become larger.
  • Enable users/consumers to securely connect to your public-facing services. This entails securing and authenticating your consumers' identities.

CSPs have well-developed IAM services (such as AWS IAM) that allow the creation of custom policies dictating what can be done within the cloud environment. These policies ...

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