KuppingerCole Report
Executive View
By Mike Small

AWS Control Tower

Managing access to applications, systems and resources is a key task for any organization and the hybrid IT deployment model has made this even more complex. One area of concern is managing administrative access – administration is an essential process, but the administrator accounts provide the keys to the kingdom. This report describes how AWS Control Tower helps to customers to meet these requirements for their AWS environments.

1 Introduction

Managing access to applications, systems and resources is a key task for any organization and the hybrid IT deployment model has made this even more c ...

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2 Product Description

AWS is a major provider of cloud services with a global footprint and millions of customers across the world. In June 2019 AWS announced the genera ...

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2.1 AWS Administrative Model

An AWS customer administers its use of AWS services through its AWS account. The customer’s AWS Principal (or root) account provides unlimited admi ...

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2.2 Landing Zone

A Landing Zone is a multi-account AWS environment that is based on security and compliance best practices. AWS Control Tower automates the setup of ...

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2.3 AWS Control Tower Overview

The AWS administrative model provides customers with powerful capabilities to configure and secure their use of AWS services. The challenge for custo ...

Companies using AWS often need to manage large numbers of administrative accounts for teams distributed across their organization. AWS’s existing m ...

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2.4 Account Factory

The account factory automates the provisioning of new accounts using a configurable account template. It helps to standardize the provisioning of new ...

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2.5 Preventive & Detective Guardrails

Guardrails are pre-packaged governance rules for security, operations, and compliance that customers can select and apply globally or to specific grou ...

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2.6 Mandatory & Optional Guardrails

AWS Control Tower offers a set of guardrails based on AWS best practices and common customer policies for governance. The customer can automatically ...

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2.7 Dashboard

The Control Tower dashboard provides continuous visibility into the customer’s AWS environment. It is possible to view the number of OUs and accoun ...

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3 Strengths and Challenges

The AWS administrative model provides customers with powerful capabilities to configure and secure their use of AWS services. The challenge for custo ...

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