AWS adds SMB option to its Active Directory Service

Small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), can now connect their Microsoft Active Directory (AD), on-premises, to their Amazon Web Services (AWS), workloads.
AWS announced this week a new “Standard Edition” of its AWS Directory Service Microsoft AD. It is intended for businesses with upto 5,000 employees and 30,000 directories. This release comes almost two years after AWS introduced the Enterprise Edition, which can accommodate up to 50,000 employees and 500,000 director objects.
The Standard Edition, like the Enterprise Edition, is a managed Microsoft AD service that businesses use to log into their AWS resources. This includes Elastic Compute Cloud instances (EC2) and AWS productivity apps like WorkSpaces and WorkMail, Chime, Connect, and Chime.
The service can be used by businesses to add directory capabilities in their AD-aware workloads in AWS cloud and to enable single sign on in their cloud applications.
Peter Pereira, Senior Product Manager at AWS, provided a diagram of possible use cases in a blog posting Tuesday.
[Click on the image to see a larger version.] AWS Directory Service for Microsoft AD Standard Edition uses cases. (Source: AWS/Peter Pereira).AWS handles most of the configuration and maintenance tasks, which alleviates the burden on SMBs.
Pereira stated in the blog that AWS Microsoft AD Standard Edition (Managed Service) configures directory replication, automates daily snaps, and handles all patches and software updates. AWS Microsoft AD Standard Edition monitors and automatically recovers domain controllers in case of failure.
The AWS Directory Service automatically deploys 2 AD domain controllers in separate availability areas to ensure high availability. However, users have the option of adding more domain controllers as needed.
The Standard Edition pricing varies depending on where you live. It costs $0.12 to $0.172 an hour for two domain controllers. Additional domain controllers are available for $0.06 to $0.086 an hour. More information is available here.

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