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AWS adds multi-account support to control freak console

End of log in, log off irritation for admins

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It's a small thing but a useful one, and maybe a sign of increased maturity: Amazon Web Services (AWS) has added multi-account support to its management console.

There's nothing brain-bending about the new feature, which allows admins to link different accounts so they can log in once and then work on multiple accounts by selecting them from a drop-down menu instead of having to log off and re-authenticate.

That the tool is even necessary indicates a certain maturity. It's not that long ago that cloud was a curiosity or a resource used for experiments or non-critical roles, not something that would require multi-user access. Today, the new tool's arrival signals there are a decent number of organisations that need to manage multiple discrete clouds.

Chances are more than a few of those are tech channel outfits administering different accounts for different clients. That use case, too, is growing up fast, suggests AWS. The company has certainly not been shy in its channel recruitment efforts. It's now arming such entities with tools to make their lives easier.

With cloudy rivals like Microsoft and VMware boasting long experience of working with service providers and tools galore to help them serve customers, AWS will likely deliver more of this sort of thing before too much time passes. ®

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