Exciting news! As of today, ParkMyCloud now includes AWS IAM role support as a method to connect to your AWS account, in addition to IAM user credentials.

This secure approach to 3rd party access to AWS has been requested by many of our users and, in fact, is the preferred approach by AWS.

That means that if your organization uses IAM roles, it’s a great day to start your 30-day free trial of ParkMyCloud! Watch the video below to learn how to connect an AWS account to ParkMyCloud using an IAM role:

While IAM roles provide a secure method of key exchange for access into AWS accounts, overall security for the sessions depends heavily upon the policies you put in place. At ParkMyCloud our philosophy has always been to use the “least privilege” approach to security – use the minimum set of permissions required to get the job done, or in this case the role, and no more.

Whether you use IAM roles or IAM user credentials, we recommend a limited set of permissions for the ParkMyCloud application to do its job: ec2:Describe*, ec2:StartInstances, ec2:StopInstances and iam:GetUser. We even provide some example policies, with and without resource tag constraints.

AWS IAM RolesThese types of policies, with the security of IAM roles, provide strong assurance that access to your AWS accounts is limited and secure.

If you’re an existing user, you can also convert existing IAM user credentials into IAM roles, without having to re-discover your environments. This ensures that all your hard work setting up parking schedules and sorting instances to your teams, was not in vain. Read this article to learn how.

For more information, please see the AWS documentation on IAM Roles.


About Dale Wickizer

Dale brings over 30 years of technology and engineering experience to his role as co-founder and Chief Technology Office (CTO) at ParkMyCloud. After experiencing the problem of growing cloud spend first-hand, and discovering that there was no simple way to solve it, Dale teamed up with co-founder Jay Chapel to create ParkMyCloud to solve the problem of cloud waste. Before founding ParkMyCloud, Dale was the CTO of the U.S. Public Sector at NetApp, Inc. where he set the future technology and product direction and managed key customer relationships. Prior to NetApp, Dale was an Associate Partner and IT Infrastructure Architect at Accenture, where he helped large enterprises plan and execute IT transformations, data center consolidations, and application deployments. Dale holds both a Bachelor's and a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He and his wife, Barbara, reside in Springfield, VA.