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The Master Plan Behind Amazon’s Acquisition of Cloud9 IDE

Cloud9, the online browser-based IDE, announced that they are acquired by Amazon Web Services. This deal has many implications for AWS customers, competition, and the broader ecosystem.

Cloud9 was found in 2010 in San Francisco by Rik Arends and Ruben Daniels. It raised over $5 million in two rounds of funding. Slightly ahead of its time, Cloud9 was one of the first “Development as a Service” platforms that delivered an integrated development environment in the cloud. Features like collaborative coding, integration with Github and BitBucket, and easier deployment to PaaS and IaaS targets made it popular among developers.

During the last couple years, it has become amply clear that AWS is building a parallel universe in the cloud.  With services such as Amazon WorkSpaces, Amazon Aurora, Amazon WorkMail, Amazon WorkDocs, AWS started offering pay-as-you-go alternatives to enterprise database, messaging, collaboration, and VDI platforms. It started targeting developers and DevOps teams with AWS Elastic Beanstalk, AWS Lambda, AWS CodeCommit, AWS CodeDeploy, and AWS CodePipeline. Mobile developers can use AWS Device Farm, AWS Cognito, Amazon Lumberyard to develop and test cross-platform mobile applications.

Amazon has been slowly and steadily adding all the essential building blocks of modern software development lifecycle to its arsenal. From source code control to continuous delivery to execution environments, AWS has emerged as a complete platform in the cloud.

What was missing in AWS portfolio is a robust development environment that’s tightly integrated with its platform. With Cloud9 acquisition, Amazon plugs a critical gap in its service offerings.

Read the entire article at Forbes

 

Janakiram MSV is an analyst, advisor, and architect. Follow him on Twitter,  Facebook and LinkedIn.

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Janakiram MSV heads the Cloud Infrastructure Services at Aditi Technologies. He was the founder and CTO of Get Cloud Ready Consulting, a niche Cloud Migration and Cloud Operations firm that recently got acquired by Aditi Technologies. In his current role, he leads a highly talented engineering team that focuses on migrating and managing applications deployed on Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Windows Azure Infrastructure Services.
Janakiram is an industry analyst with deep understanding of Cloud services. Through his speaking, writing and analysis, he helps businesses take advantage of the emerging technologies. He leverages his experience of engaging with the industry in developing informative and practical research, analysis and authoritative content to inform, influence and guide decision makers. He analyzes market trends, new products / features, announcements, industry happenings and the impact of executive transitions.
Janakiram is one of the first few Microsoft Certified Professionals on Windows Azure in India. Demystifying The Cloud, an eBook authored by Janakiram is downloaded more than 100,000 times within the first few months. He is the Chief Editor of a popular portal on Cloud called www.CloudStory.in that covers the latest trends in Cloud Computing. Janakiram is an analyst with the GigaOM Pro analyst network where he analyzes the Cloud Services landscape. He is a guest faculty at the International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad (IIIT-H) where he teaches Big Data and Cloud Computing to students enrolled for the Masters course. As a passionate speaker, he has chaired the Cloud Computing track at premier events in India.
He has been the keynote speaker at many premier conferences, and his seminars are attended by thousands of architects, developers and IT professionals. His sessions are rated among the best in every conference he participates.
Janakiram has worked at the world-class product companies including Microsoft Corporation, Amazon Web Services and Alcatel-Lucent. Joining as the first employee of Amazon Web Services in India, he was the AWS Technology Evangelist. Prior to that, Janakiram spent 10 years at Microsoft Corporation where he was involved in selling, marketing and evangelizing the Microsoft Application Platform and Tools.