Cloud Computing: Amazon Web Services: 15 Ways It Makes Cloud App Development Easier
Amazon Web Services (AWS) provides one of the most popular infrastructure as a service (IaaS) cloud platforms around. Since 2006, AWS has provided companies of all sizes with an infrastructure Web services platform in the cloud. With AWS, users can requisition compute power, storage and other services, and gain access to a suite of elastic IT infrastructure services as their needs increase or decrease. In addition, AWS gives developers the flexibility to choose whichever development platform or programming model makes the most sense for the problems they're trying to solve. Users pay only for what they use, with no up-front expenses or long-term commitments, which makes AWS a cost-effective way to deliver applications to customers and clients. AWS also allows users to take advantage of Amazon.com's global computing infrastructure that is the backbone of Amazon.com's multibillion-dollar retail business and transactional enterprise-the scalable, reliable and secure distributed computing infrastructure that has been honed for more than a decade. Although AWS does not have a specific developer program, the company continues to offer new services and offerings that benefit developers. These include Amazon CloudFront, Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), Amazon Relational Database Service and Amazon Elastic Beanstalk. Amazon EC2 celebrated its fifth birthday on Aug. 25. Here, eWEEK looks at the ways AWS makes it easier for developers as they move to the cloud.
On Aug. 22, AWS announced the public beta launch of Amazon ElastiCache, a new Web service that makes it easy to deploy, operate and scale an in-memory cache in the cloud. The service improves the performance of Web applications by allowing you to retrieve information from a fast, managed, in-memory caching system, instead of relying entirely on slower disk-based databases. Amazon ElastiCache is protocol-compliant with Memcached, a widely adopted memory object caching system, so that code, applications and tools that you use today with your existing Memcached environments will work seamlessly with the service.