What Can You Build with Amazon’s New Cloud Directory?


Leverage the power of Amazon’s new Cloud Directory to ensure your cloud-based applications are infinitely scalable.

While Amazon’s eCommerce arm often gets most of the press, their cloud computing business is growing by leaps and bounds and is proving to be one of their most profitable ventures. Thanks largely to the growth of its Amazon Web Services business, the company reported its most profitable quarter ever in 2016.

The growth of Amazon’s cloud computing service, dubbed AWS, is largely due to the many new products and services the Seattle-based tech giant continues to roll out. One such service that is great news for growing businesses looking to leverage the power of the cloud is Amazon’s new Cloud Directory. In this blog, we’ll introduce you to this new technology and show you what you can do to streamline your organization as it moves to the cloud.

What is Amazon Cloud Directory?

Amazon Cloud Directory is a fully managed cloud-based directory that allows you to store and organize hierarchies of data across multiple dimensions. These directories are automatically scalable to hundreds of millions of objects as is often necessary for robust enterprise applications. This flexibility allows organizations to focus on developing their applications and responding to business needs as opposed to managing complicated directory infrastructure. Most traditional directory systems limit organizing directory objects to a single fixed hierarchy, whereas Cloud Directory does not have this limitation.

What are some unique features of Amazon Cloud Directory?

Cloud Directory is a specialized directory store that offers developers the ability to:

  • Build cloud-based applications that offer group and user management, device registry, customer management, address books, permissions or policy management, and application or product catalogs
  • Create applications that are directory-based without having to worry about deployment, availability, performance and global scale
  • Reduce the complexity of layering applications that sit on top of Cloud Directory
  • Manage schema information over time to help ensure future compatibility

Cloud Directory offers a convenient set of API calls to access various policies and objects located in your directories. Below is documentation from Amazon that allows you to understand the available operations as well as the list of operations and permissions necessary to perform each API call:

What are some core use cases of Amazon Cloud Directory?

There are virtually unlimited use cases for Cloud Directory, but users can build applications such as social networks, IoT device registries, user directories, network configurations and much more. Any use case that requires data to be organized hierarchically and perform high volume and low latency lookups, and scale to many millions of objects can benefit from Cloud Directory.

How is Cloud Directory different from other directory options?

Cloud Directory is much different than typical LDAP-based directories that are used to manage devices and users. LDAP-based directories are useful in certain scenarios but are not scalable to millions of objects and relationships. Cloud Directory is optimized for those looking to build mobile, cloud, or IoT applications as opposed to specific IT use cases, which often do not need to be nearly as scalable.

Excited to learn more about Cloud Directory?

We hope you’re excited to learn more about how Cloud Directory could help you and your team build out massively scalable directories for your cloud-based applications. Feel free to reach out to our team at 800-860-2040 or through our online contact form if you’d like to hear more about Amazon’s new scalable directory solution.

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