Category Archives: Amazon Web Services

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.

AWS Launches Asia Pacific (Mumbai) Region

Amazon Web Services today announced the launch of the Asia Pacific (Mumbai) Region. As a result of the launch, AWS delivers its cloud products and services across 13 regions and a total of 35 availability zones, globally. Today’s launch of the Asia Pacific (Mumbai) Region taps into a market that can serve more than a billion Indians and promises to significantly boost its market presence in India from its existing customer base of roughly 75,000 India-based customers. The AWS Asia Pacific (Mumbai) Region will initially consist of two distinct availability zones.

InfoReliance Secures Contracts With The Justice Department And The Government Accountability Office To Deliver Managed AWS IaaS And PaaS Cloud Services

InfoReliance, an AWS reseller and technology consulting firm, has been awarded contracts to deliver Amazon Web Services to The Justice Department and the Government Accountability Office. InfoReliance will deliver managed Amazon Web Services IaaS and PaaS services that helps customers operationalize AWS public clouds in collaboration with InfoReliance’s consultative support, guidance and professional services. InfoReliance will also provide Amazon Web Services training and guidance on IT architecture as well as technical support. Headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia, InfoReliance has delivered IT and cloud computing consulting services to over 30 government and defense agencies since its inception in 2000. The contract awarded to InfoReliance underscores the potential for public cloud vendors to increase market share within the lucrative government sector space as well as the opportunity for managed service providers to help government agencies navigate the process of deploying and managing a public cloud.

Salesforce Designates Amazon Web Services As Preferred Public Cloud Vendor

On May 25, Salesforce announced its selection of Amazon Web Services as its preferred public cloud infrastructure provider. The designation of AWS as its preferred public cloud vendor consolidates its long-standing relationship with Amazon Web Services and facilitates the global expansion of “core services” such as the Sales Cloud, Service Cloud, App Cloud, Community Cloud and Analytics Cloud. Additionally, credible reports indicate that Salesforce plans to spend roughly $400M on Amazon Web Services. Currently, Heroku, Marketing Cloud Social Studio, SalesforceIQ, and the Salesforce IoT Cloud run on the Amazon Web Services public cloud. The deepening of the relationship between Salesforce and Amazon Web Services marks a huge coup for AWS insofar as it underscores its ability to court the enterprise for computing services for critical and everyday business operations. The partnership between Salesforce and AWS also indicates decreased reliance on Oracle hardware on the part of Salesforce and presages a more profound infrastructure transformation away from Oracle-based datacenters toward the AWS cloud.

AWS Revenues Rise 64% To $2.56B As AWS Claims Responsibility For More Than Half Of Amazon’s Operating Income

Amazon announced impressive financials for the quarter ending March 31, 2016, fueled largely by growth in its cloud business, Amazon Web Services. Amazon revenue rose 28.2% to $29.13 billion while AWS revenue rose 64% to $2.56 billion, in comparison with the first quarter of 2015 in both cases. Operating income from AWS amounted to $604M whereas Amazon, as a whole, reported $1.1 billion in operating income. In other words, operating income from AWS represents roughly 55% of the company’s operating income as a whole, even though its revenue accounts for only 9% of the company’s total revenues for the quarter. The release of Amazon’s Q1 2016 financials underscores the importance of AWS to Amazon at large while Amazon, as a whole, now marks four consecutive quarters in the black as it achieves profitability as a result of the growing maturation and diversification of its online retail business. This week’s financials represent a huge coup for AWS and impressively underscore its ability to grow and remain profitable despite intensifying competition from Microsoft Azure and the Google Cloud Platform.

AWS Database Migration Service Now Generally Available

The AWS Database Migration Service, which allows customers to migrate databases to the AWS platform, is now generally available. The service can be used for Oracle, SQL Server, PostgreSQL, Amazon Aurora, MySQL and MariaDB databases. Amazon’s Database Migration Service supports migrations between the same database platform as well as from one database platform to another (Aurora to MySQL, for example). Moreover, customers can use the AWS Database Migration Service to migrate databases from on-premise infrastructures to Amazon RDS or EC2, EC2 to RDS, RDS to EC2 and RDS to RDS. The Amazon Database Migration Service creates a replication instance and then transports data from the source database to the target destination. The service manages the conversion of data from one database format to another and provides alerts and notifications regarding the progress of the migration and additionally provisions a replacement instance as required. Announced last fall at AWS re:Invent, the AWS Database Migration Service has facilitated the migration of over 1,000 databases to date and marks yet another feather in Amazon’s cap, particularly given that customers can perform database migrations with a few clicks of the mouse from the AWS management console.

Amazon Web Services Acquires NICE TO Boost High Performance Computing Offerings

Amazon Web Services has acquired NICE, a company headquartered in Asti, Italy that provides software for high performance computing. NICE’s products enable customers to optimize their high performance computing workloads. NICE’s EnginFrame product delivers a grid portal for accessing and utilizing grid services and resources. Meanwhile, NICE’s Desktop Cloud Visualization “enables Technical Computing users to remote access 2D/3D interactive applications over a standard network.” The acquisition of NICE points to an interest on the part of Amazon Web Services in deepening its high performance computing product and service offerings. AWS Chief Evangelist Jeff Barr noted in a blog post that NICE will retain its branding for EnginFrame and Desktop Cloud Visualization products. The acquisition is expected to be finalized by Q1 of 2016.