AWS IAM Identity Center vs Microsoft Entra ID comparison


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Executive Summary

Categories and Ranking

AWS IAM Identity Center
Ranking in Single Sign-On (SSO)
Ranking in Identity and Access Management as a Service (IDaaS) (IAMaaS)
Average Rating
Number of Reviews
Ranking in other categories
No ranking in other categories
Microsoft Entra ID
Ranking in Single Sign-On (SSO)
Ranking in Identity and Access Management as a Service (IDaaS) (IAMaaS)
Average Rating
Number of Reviews
Ranking in other categories
Authentication Systems (1st), Identity Management (IM) (1st), Access Management (1st), Microsoft Security Suite (4th)

Mindshare comparison

As of July 2024, in the Single Sign-On (SSO) category, the mindshare of AWS IAM Identity Center is 2.8%, up from 1.3% compared to the previous year. The mindshare of Microsoft Entra ID is 29.4%, up from 29.2% compared to the previous year. It is calculated based on PeerSpot user engagement data.
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Unique Categories:
Identity and Access Management as a Service (IDaaS) (IAMaaS)
Authentication Systems
Identity Management (IM)

Featured Reviews

Nizamuddeen TZ - PeerSpot reviewer
Apr 2, 2024
Helps users provide or revoke accesses whenever needed
I don't think there is any need for improvement in the product since everything has been created architecturally by AWS. AWS has given all the features in the tool. In the product, two groups cannot have the same name. There will be a conflict if the same name is provided to two groups in the tool. If you want to say something to another user, the tool fails to identify which group out of the two having the same name is involved in the activity. In general, the tool does not allow for the duplication of names. The aforementioned area can be considered for improvement in the product.
Jun 27, 2024
Good visibility with a single pane of glass and an easy login process
The login process is easy. It's very user-friendly for users. We can check the logins and handle user management. It's quite simple and easy to use. It provides a single pane of glass for managing users and access. It's easy for users to handle multiple devices. It makes the sign-on experience better. It can easily teach users how to use the authenticator app. I'm able to get reports on the database to help give visibility to security. I don't handle security, however. I'm there for support. People can use the data to perform investigations. The ID is quite useful. The Azure ID admin center can manage all identity access tasks across an organization. We can easily set up users. It's something you need in every company. Most of the basic stuff is done for users. The Verified ID is useful for authentication. You can set it in your privacy settings. The solution has helped us save time. The experience overall has been good for employees when they need to get an ID. If you need an extra license, it's just a matter of clicking one button.

Quotes from Members

We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:


"The product is easy for beginners to learn and use."
"It has things like conditional access. For example, if someone is accessing sensitive information, then we could force them to do multi-factor authentication. Therefore, we can stop access if it is coming from a location that we did not expect."
"The security features, such as attack surface rules and conditional access rules, are the most valuable aspects of Azure AD."
"The solution adds an extra layer of security."
"Application integration is easy. MFA and password self-service have reduced most of the supportive work of IT. We use multi-factor authentication. Every access from a user is through multi-factor authentication. There is no legacy authentication. We have blocked legacy authentication methods. For people who use the MDM on mobile, we push our application through Intune. In a hybrid environment, users can work from anywhere. With Intune, we can push policies and secure the data."
"Conditional access is a very important feature where a specific user can be restricted such that they cannot connect to the application if they travel outside of the US."
"Azure AD allowed us to get rid of servers and other hardware running at our offices. We moved everything to the cloud. Once we set up roles and permissions, it's only a matter of adding people and removing people from different groups and letting permissions flow through."
"It's an easy product to maintain."
"It's something we have to deal with every day. It is present. If you're in a domain environment, you'll need it to log in. If you work in a Microsoft-centric environment, you can't avoid it."


"In the product, two groups cannot have the same name...In general, the tool does not allow for the duplication of names."
"The permission management is a mess."
"Microsoft is working with Microsoft Identity Manager for Active Directory on-premise. It will be very important to have these identity management solutions directly in Azure Active Directory. It's very important to have some kind of Azure identity manager as a technology for identity and access management for working both in the cloud and inside the Azure suite."
"The downside is that we now have all our eggs in one basket with Microsoft. We have this great authentication and single sign-on, but if Microsoft has an outage in North America or globally, on Outlook or Teams, we're dead in the water... We get some type of hiccup once a quarter."
"At the free or basic level of service, Azure should provide identity protection features including single sign-on and multifactor authentication."
"Microsoft Entra ID should improve workload identities. It should set conditional access."
"There are some features, where if you want to access them, then you need to make use of PowerShell. If someone is not really versed in PowerShell scripting, then they would definitely have issues using some of those features in Azure Active Directory."
"If your organization requires additional security then the subscription will be more expensive."
"I would like to see a better delegation of access. For instance, we want to allow different groups within the company to manage different elements of Azure AD, but I need more granularity in delegating access."

Pricing and Cost Advice

"The product is cheap since it is available on the cloud."
"The licensing costs are yearly. There is a standard fee per user."
"We are a non-profit organization, so we get good prices from Microsoft for their products. It is working well, but it could be cheaper. For the type of organization we are, it would be good if they could give a little bit more and be more generous like Google, which has completely free services. Microsoft has free versions or web services called Office 365 E1, which is free for use, but we want to have it with more qualified clients."
"It is worth the money."
"I'm not totally aware of the pricing and licensing, but I do know that the pricing and licensing must be quite balanced. We are a pretty old client of Microsoft, and MSA is just one of the services we use from Microsoft. There's a whole Microsoft 365 suite that's implemented as well. I'm sure it is something that is acceptable to both parties."
"I am not involved in the pricing or licensing, so I can't speak to that."
"The solution has three types of tiers: E1 has very basic features. You get limited stuff in E2 and cannot have Office 360 associated with it. E3 is on the costly side and has all the features."
"The solution costs us 60,000 Rupees annually, just over $700, and there are no additional costs."
"It is a packaged license. We have a Premium P1 subscription of Office 365, and it came with that."
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Questions from the Community

What do you like most about AWS IAM Identity Center?
The product is easy for beginners to learn and use.
What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for AWS IAM Identity Center?
The product is cheap since it is available on the cloud. AWS IAM Identity Center does not fall under the services that my company provides continuously to our customers, but we do create users and ...
What needs improvement with AWS IAM Identity Center?
I don't think there is any need for improvement in the product since everything has been created architecturally by AWS. AWS has given all the features in the tool. In the product, two groups canno...
How does Duo Security compare with Microsoft Authenticator?
We switched to Duo Security for identity verification. We’d been using a competitor but got the chance to evaluate Duo for 30 days, and we could not be happier. Duo Security is easy to configure a...
What do you like most about Azure Active Directory?
It is very simple. The Active Directory functions are very easy for us. Its integration with anything is very easy. We can easily do third-party multifactor authentication.
What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for Azure Active Directory?
When it comes to setup cost, pricing, and licensing for Entra ID, I would advise others to carefully assess their organization's specific needs and requirements. It's essential to have a clear unde...

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AWS Single Sign On, AWS SSO
Azure AD, Azure Active Directory, Azure Active Directory, Microsoft Authenticator

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