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App Management Added to Amazon Web Services

Amazon yesterday launched a new app management service aimed at developers wanting to automate the deployment, scaling and modeling of application creation.

The new service, called AWS OpsWorks, takes management templates developed from Opscode called Chef Recipes, designed to provide flexible capacity provisioning, configuration management and deployment, while allowing administrators to manage access control and to monitor the app, the company said Tuesday. Administrators can use AWS OpsWorks from the AWS Management Console.

"AWS OpsWorks was designed to simplify the process of managing the application lifecycle without imposing arbitrary limits or forcing you to work within an overly constrained model," said AWS evangelist Jeff Barr, in a blog post. "You have the freedom to design your application stack as you see fit."

AWS OpsWorks is the latest service aimed to allow more sophisticated management of the company's cloud services. It follows the release two years of AWS Elastic Beanstalk, aimed at rapid deployment and management of apps running among Amazon's portfolio of cloud services. Amazon more recently added CloudFormation, aimed at bringing together and managing various AWS resources.

The launch of AWS OpsWorks comes just days after Amazon made available its data warehousing service called Redshift. Amazon announced its plans to offer Redshift back in November at its first ever re: Invent partner and customer conference.

Amazon is hoping it can do to the data warehousing business with Redshift what it has done to computing and storage with EC2 and S3 respectively. "We designed Amazon Redshift to deliver 10 times the performance at 1/10th the cost of the on-premises data warehouses that are commonly used today," Barr wrote in an earlier blog post last week. We used a number of techniques to do this including columnar data storage, advanced compression, and high-performance disk and network I/O."

About the Author

Jeffrey Schwartz is editor of Redmond magazine and also covers cloud computing for Virtualization Review's Cloud Report. In addition, he writes the Channeling the Cloud column for Redmond Channel Partner. Follow him on Twitter @JeffreySchwartz.

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