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Amazon Web Services Brings Service Catalog to Cloud


AWS Service Catalog is a new service that enables enterprise IT administrators to publish and manage cloud-based products deployed on Amazon Web Services.

Amazon announced AWS Service Catalog, a tool that enables IT departments to deliver cloud-based applications and services to internal users while maintaining consistency and control. This service aims at integrating applications running on AWS with existing corporate policies, governance and cost controls.

According to the official blog post, AWS Service Catalog service relies on the following concepts –

  • Service Catalog - A service catalog exists within a single AWS account. It is managed by an Administrator, and contains one or more Portfolios.
  • Administrator - An Administrator is responsible for uploading and maintaining Portfolios of Products in a Service Catalog.
  • User - A User interacts with a Service Catalog by browsing a Portal containing one or more Portfolios, locating a Product of interest, and launching it. The user can run within the same AWS account as the Administrator or in a different one.
  • Portal - A Portal is a view in to a Service Catalog, customized to reflect the Portfolios and Products that are accessible to a particular User.
  • Portfolio - A Portfolio is a collection of versioned Products within a Service Catalog. Each Portfolio is accessible to a certain set of Users (determined by IAM role, group, or user name) within a Portal.
  • Product - A Product is a collection of AWS resources (EC2 instances, application servers, databases, and so forth) that are instantiated and managed as a unit (a Stack in AWS terms).

Through this tool, IT administrators can expose the applications deployed on AWS to multiple departments. They gain visibility into the utilization and cost of various applications used by multiple departments and internal users. End users and employees will be able to access and launch applications through the self-serviced portal. It can be integrated with existing dashboards and catalogs through the service API.

This service is still in preview. Interested users can apply for early access through this form.  

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