Amazon Cloud Directory

Fully managed, hierarchical data store in AWS cloud

Amazon Cloud Directory enables you to build flexible cloud-native directories for organizing hierarchies of data along multiple dimensions. With Cloud Directory, you can create directories for a variety of use cases, such as organizational charts, course catalogs, and device registries. While traditional directory solutions, such as Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services (AD LDS) and other LDAP-based directories, limit you to a single hierarchy, Cloud Directory offers you the flexibility to create directories with hierarchies that span multiple dimensions. For example, you can create an organizational chart that can be navigated through separate hierarchies for reporting structure, location, and cost center.

Amazon Cloud Directory automatically scales to hundreds of millions of objects and provides an extensible schema that can be shared with multiple applications. As a fully-managed service, Cloud Directory eliminates time-consuming and expensive administrative tasks, such as scaling infrastructure and managing servers. You simply define the schema, create a directory, and then populate your directory by making calls to the Cloud Directory API.

Benefits

Efficiently organize hierarchies of data across multiple dimensions

Many applications require building directories to store hierarchies of data with multiple dimensions. For example, an organizational chart could have one hierarchy based on reporting structure, a second based on location, and a third based on cost center. Amazon Cloud Directory enables you to combine different schemas within a single directory to create multiple hierarchies without having to duplicate data.

Search your directory for objects and relationships

Searching large sets of highly connected data has traditionally required complex and computationally expensive queries. With Amazon Cloud Directory’s built-in search capabilities, you can search for all the parent objects along a dimension without creating multiple, nested queries. For example, looking up a management chain for an employee can be performed with a single query in Cloud Directory where traditional solutions would require multiple queries.

Integrate with AWS CloudTrail and tagging

Amazon Cloud Directory is integrated with AWS CloudTrail and resource tagging. Using AWS CloudTrail you can log the date, time, and identity of users who accesses your directory data. With resource tagging, you can tag your directories and schemas to better track and manage resources.

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