Adobe Systems has announced the availability of Adobe LiveCycle ES Developer Express software, a full version of Adobe LiveCycle ES hosted in the Amazon Web Services cloud computing environment.
Adobe Systems has announced the availability of Adobe LiveCycle ES
Developer Express software, a full version of Adobe LiveCycle ES hosted
in the Amazon Web Services cloud computing environment.
Mitch Nelson, director of marketing, Adobe's Business Processes
Business Unit, said that using the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon
EC2) and Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) technologies,
Adobe's offering provides a virtual, self-contained development
environment where enterprise developers can prototype, develop and test
Adobe LiveCycle ES applications without needing to install and
configure Adobe LiveCycle ES themselves.
"Within the LiveCycle world we have a developer community -- the
Adobe Enterprise Developer Program," Nelson said. "And we've taken
LiveCycle and installed it on the Amazon EC2 cloud and made that
available to developers. You can now go to a portal called Developer
Express and launch a good, clean copy of LiveCycle. And you can do all
your development work on the cloud."
As Adobe officials put it, with Adobe LiveCycle ES Developer
Express, Adobe LiveCycle ES applications are pre-configured as ready to
run server instances on the Amazon EC2 server. This can help reduce the
time required to boot new server instances to minutes, allowing
enterprise developers to quickly begin testing and modifying
Moreover, developers can effectively bullet-proof their applications
without having to invest in a development environment or test lab, said
Raja Hammoud, Group Product Marketing Manager, Adobe's Business
Processes Business Unit. Old projects may be deleted or saved for
future access and new projects can begin without any cleanup required
from the last install, Hammoud said.
Adobe LiveCycle ES Developer Express is immediately available to all
members of the Adobe Enterprise Developer Program. Nelson said Adobe
LiveCycle ES Developer Express is available at no additional charge to
Adobe's enterprise developer program members.
In addition, Nelson said Adobe provides all the tools necessary for
developers to better use LiveCycle ES. "We have a program called
Designer and a system called Workbench that is Eclipse-based and helps
you set up processes and makes sure everything works together," he said.
Hammoud said Adobe launched its LiveCycle enterprise solution in
2004 to help enterprises automate their end-to-end business processes.
"We take advantage of Adobe's strengths to bring Rich Internet
Application experiences to the enterprise," she said.
Hammoud said Adobe LiveCycle ES is a server solution that combines
data capture, information assurance, document output, process
management and content services to help organizations in numerous
industries create and deliver rich applications that reduce paperwork,
accelerate decision-making, and help ensure regulatory compliance.
In addition, LiveCycle ES supports a variety of platforms, and draws
on Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF) and the Adobe Reader and
Flash technologies to help users create, review, update, manage, store
and distribute documents all while engaging in dynamic business
"We are excited to see Adobe extend to its customers the vast
potential for unlocking productivity by providing access to
enterprise-scale environments in the cloud," said Adam Selipsky, vice
president of product management and developer relations for Amazon Web
Services, in a statement. "By offering developer access to its
comprehensive LiveCycle ES solution via Amazon Web Services, Adobe
continues to push the boundaries when supporting its enterprise
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