AWS Acquires Cloud9, Startup That Delivers An Integrated Development Environment For The Cloud

Amazon Web Services recently purchased Cloud9, a San Francisco-based startup that delivers an integrated development environment (IDE) that empowers developers to build and collaborate with respect to the development of applications. Cloud9 allows developers to create and edit code from a multitude of development frameworks in the cloud. Cloud9’s integrated development environment (IDE) empowers developers to collaborate using an Ubuntu workspace that supports programming languages that include C++, C#, HTML, Java, Javascript, Node.js, PHP, Python and Ruby. In addition, the platform enables developers to perform compatibility testing of applications across a variety of browsers. In a blog post, Cloud9 CEO and co-founder Ruben Daniels remarked on Cloud9’s transition to AWS as follows:

In the meantime, you’ll still be able to depend on and continue to invest safely in Cloud9. It’s still business as usual—we’ll continue to work with our Ace Open Source community and to provide our innovative services to you and our hundreds of thousands of customers worldwide. Over time, we’ll work with AWS to do even more on your behalf.

Daniels, here, notes how Cloud9’s “hundreds of thousands of customers worldwide” can continue to safely use Cloud9 for the immediate future although he expects the collaboration with AWS will enable the delivery of “even more” features and functionality, going forward. Given its focus on empowering developers to write software in the cloud, Cloud9 stands to enhance the ability of AWS customers to develop applications within cloud-based environments as opposed to writing code on-premise and then transporting that code to the cloud. Cloud9’s customers include Atlassian, MailChimp, Mozilla and Salesforce.com. The acquisition of Cloud9 by AWS enriches its portfolio of options for writing code directly within the Amazon Web Services infrastructure and, as such, gives it a competitive advantage over the likes of Microsoft Azure and the Google Cloud Platform. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

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