AWS Organizations provides you with the capability to centrally manage and govern your cloud environment. You can manage and organize your accounts under a single bill, set central policies and configuration requirements for your entire organization, create custom permissions or capabilities within the organization, and delegate responsibilities to other accounts so they can manage on behalf of the organization.
In addition, AWS Organizations is integrated with other AWS services so you can define central configurations, security mechanisms, audit requirements, and resource sharing across accounts in your organization.
Manage your AWS accounts
AWS accounts are natural boundaries for permission, security, costs, and workloads. Using a multi-account environment is a recommended best-practice when scaling your cloud environment. You can simplify account creation by programmatically creating new accounts using the AWS Command Line Interface (CLI), SDKs, or APIs, and centrally provision recommended resources and permissions to those accounts with AWS CloudFormation StackSets.
Define and manage your organization
As you create new accounts, you can group them into organizational units (OUs), or groups of accounts that serve a single application or service. Apply tag polices to classify or track resources in your organization, and provide attribute-based access control for users or applications. In addition, you can delegate responsibility for supported AWS services to accounts so users can manage them on behalf of your organization.
Secure and monitor your accounts
You can centrally provide tools and access for your security team to manage security needs on behalf of the organization. For example, you can provide read-only security access across accounts, detect and mitigate threats with Amazon GuardDuty, review unintended access to resources with IAM Access Analyzer, and secure sensitive data with Amazon Macie.
Control access and permissions
Set up AWS IAM Identity Center (successor to AWS SSO) to provide access to AWS accounts and resources using your active directory, and customize permissions based on separate job roles. You can also apply service control policies (SCPs) to users, accounts, or OUs to control access to AWS resources, services, and Regions within your organization.
Share resources across accounts
You can share AWS resources within your organization using AWS Resource Access Manager (RAM). For example, you can create your AWS Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) subnets once and share them across your organization. You can also centrally agree to software licenses with AWS License Manager, and share a catalog of IT services and custom products across accounts with AWS Service Catalog.
Audit your environment for compliance
You can activate AWS CloudTrail across accounts, which creates a log of all activity in your cloud environment that cannot be turned off or modified by member accounts. In addition, you can set policies to enforce backups on your specified cadence with AWS Backup, or define recommended configuration settings for resources across accounts and AWS Regions with AWS Config.
Centrally manage billing and costs
Organizations provides you with a single consolidated bill. In addition, you can view usage from resources across accounts and track costs using AWS Cost Explorer, and optimize your usage of compute resources using AWS Compute Optimizer.
Getting started with AWS Organizations