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Friday, 10 July 2015 03:19

AWS Summit new features and programs

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Amazon has announced a slew of new features and functions at their AWS Summit in New York, including a new partner program for SaaS and a new Amazon API Gateway and new developer and mobile solutions.

At the latest Amazon Summit in New York, the cloud business has launched a whole new set of features and solutions including Amazon API Gateway, AWS Device Farm, and a new partner program for SaaS.

Amazon API Gateway is a fully managed service for publishing, maintaining, monitoring, and securing APIs at any scale. Users will be able to create an API that acts as a “front door” for applications to access data, business logic, or functionality from their back-end services, such as applications running on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), code running on AWS Lambda, or any Web application. Amazon API Gateway handles all the tasks involved in accepting and processing up to hundreds of thousands of concurrent API calls, including traffic management, authorization and access control, monitoring, and API version management.

“Building and running rock-solid APIs at massive scale is a significant challenge for customers. And yet, this is one of the most important ingredients for building and operating modern applications that are consumed through multiple devices,” said Marco Argenti, Vice President, AWS. “At AWS, we have over nine years of experience running some of the most heavily used APIs in the world. The Amazon API Gateway takes this learning and makes it available to customers as a pay-as-you-go service that eliminates the cost and complexity of managing APIs so that developers can focus on building great apps.”

Amazon also announced AWS Device Farm, a new service that helps mobile app developers test their apps on smartphones, tablets, and other devices to improve the quality of their Android and Fire OS apps. Developers can upload their apps and run tests simultaneously on all of the most commonly used mobile devices across a continually expanding fleet that includes the latest device/OS combinations. As tests complete, developers receive timely reports that identify problems, helping them bring their apps to market faster and with better quality.

Argenti said. “AWS Device Farm gives developers a very simple and cost-effective way to test the real user experience of their apps across multiple device types at scale. And, when used along with other AWS Mobile Services like Amazon Cognito, AWS Lambda, Amazon API Gateway, and Amazon Simple Notification Service (Amazon SNS), developers have a full platform that makes it even easier to build, deploy, test, and iterate great mobile apps.”

Amazon has also added two solutions to make the process of developing coding easier for developers.  AWS CodeCommit is a fully-managed source control service for companies to host secure and highly scalable private Git repositories. CodeCommit eliminates the need to operate a source control system or worry about scaling its infrastructure.  AWS CodePipeline is a continuous delivery service for application updates. CodePipeline builds, tests, and deploys code every time there is a code change, based on a pre-defined release process model. Additionally users can build out an end-to-end solution by using pre-built plugins for popular third-party services like GitHub or integrating custom plugins into any stage of the release process.

Finally the global AWS SaaS Partner Program is a new development solution to help developers build and grow SaaS solutions on AWS. The program is split into three sections: Learn, Build, Grow. With help including business and technical enablement content in the form of articles, whitepapers and reference architecture through to live sessions held with AWS business and technical leaders. 

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