Amazon Web Services on Tuesday rolled out OpsWorks, which is designed to manage, configure and provision an applications stack.
For AWS, OpsWorks is a play on so-called DevOps, a somewhat trendy flavor of managing technology infrastructure and applications. In a nutshell, DevOps revolves around adopting a cloud operating model to manage infrastructure. If successful, a DevOps approach should take enough best practices to form a nimble and malleable infrastructure. DevOps is considered to be the next-generation of agile software development.
Research firm Gartner has noted that adopting DevOps is a way to get out of IT debt, the sum it would take an enterprise to upgrade its systems.
AWS said that OpsWorks will support multiple application architectures as well as the Chef framework, automate operating via event-driven configuration and deployment as well as tasks such as patching and operational control over security.
The other key thread here is that AWS---initially deemed as a commodity infrastructure play---is moving up the software stack into management tools.
AWS isn't charging for OpsWorks. Instead, customers pay for the resources to store and run applications.