Amazon Web Services has introduced several upgrades aimed at moving it deeper into the enterprise space.

Its identity and access management (IAM) upgrades, for instance, make it easier for enterprise users and, specifically, systems administrators, to manage and change identities and security settings.

Jeff Barr, Chief Evangelist for Amazon Web Services, explained In a blog post that the upgrade enhances longstanding IAM features, which until now been associated with single users and the identities they governed.

Meeting Enterprise Needs

While this worked well enough for small- and medium-size businesses, enterprises need greater flexibility and simplicity.

The single user identity model meant that IT departments were obliged to edit multiple permissions and documents to add a new permission or to remove an existing one. 

AWS has now changed its process so that these polices will be treated as objects, which means they can be attached to an individual, a group of individuals or a role. 

AWS is also adding support for common predefined policies created and maintained by Amazon, which can be used to enable specified access without having to change or create new policies.

However, that’s not the only cloud goodness that Amazon has announced recently. Last week it also made its configuration management database (CMBD) tool, which was released in November, generally available.

CMBD provides enterprises with deeper insight into how cloud resources are being used by providing use tracking, inventory management, change management and governance when they move their operations to the cloud.

Responding to Feedback

Barr noted that AWS has made a number of stylistic and usability improvements to the interface since its release, based in part on customer feedback. The goal is to make AWS more enterprise friendly by making it easier to configure and boosting security.

The upgrades are timely given that the latest RightScale report on the state of the cloud in 2015 shows that AWS is still the darling of enterprises that use the public cloud, although Microsoft’s Azure is starting to make headway.

The figures show that Amazon cloud adoption still tops the pile with 57 percent of respondents using it compared to 54 percent last year. Azure still trails but has managed to double its showing at 12 percent as opposed to 6 percent the previous year.