July 11, 2014
There's plenty of news coming out of Amazon Web Services (AWS) Summit in New York this week, including news that Amazon (AMZN) has taken the next step in its development of mobile cloud development services.
Included in the announcements are the launch of both Amazon Mobile Analytics and the Mobile Software Development Kit (SDK). Mobile Analytics was designed to enable developers to easily collect and analyze app usage data and deliver usage reports within an hour of that data being sent by the app, whereas the new SDK is aimed at helping Android, iOS and Fire OS developers to access the new Amazon Cognito and Mobile Analytics services in addition to existing services Amazon S3 and DynamoDB.
"We continue to hear from customers that they prefer to avoid having to build any of the undifferentiated parts of their mobile apps," said Marco Argenti, vice president of Mobile at Amazon Web Services, in a prepared statement. "AWS already provides the back-end processing, storage and databases that customers around the world use to power sophisticated mobile apps. We designed AWS Mobile Services, including Amazon Cognito and AWS Mobile Analytics, to make it even simpler and more cost-effective to build and scale mobile apps on the AWS Cloud."
The mobile cloud development news just scratches the surface of the announcements being made at AWS Summit this week. Here are a few of the highlights:
Amazon launched the previously mentioned Cognito, a cloud service that provides "simple user identity" and data synchronization that enables developers to create apps that can authenticate users through public login providers. It also keeps app data, including user preferences and game state, synced between devices.
Amazon introduced updates to SNS to allow developers to send notifications to Apple iOS, Google Android and Kindle Fire devices.
Amazon also unveiled Zocalo, a fully managed, secure enterprise storage and sharing service that comes with "strong administrative controls" and feedback capabilities intended to improve user productivity. Zocalo enables customers to store, share and gather feedback on documents, spreadsheets, presentations, webpages, images, PDFs and text files from the device of their choice.
Datapipe expanded its Managed Cloud for Amazon Web Services offering, particularly in three key areas—security, hybrid connectivity and operational data. The company added tools that are meant to further protect customers as they expand and accelerate AWS services adoption. It also added an AWS DirectConnect option for its customers, as well as new assessment capabilities that identify KPIs and actions plans to quickly optimize the cost use and governance of the AWS environment.
Not necessarily specifically Summit news, but Cloudian announced a partnership with AWS to expand the utility of hybrid cloud storage by using flexible tiering to Amazon S3 and Glacier. According to Cloudian, the partnership enables it to provide a full-featured, on-premise, Amazon S3-compliant cloud using its HyperStore software.
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