Amazon Web Services launches OpsWorks to manage applications

Amazon Web Services launches OpsWorks to manage applications

Summary: For AWS, OpsWorks is a play on so-called DevOps, a somewhat trendy flavor of managing technology infrastructure and applications.

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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.

OpsWorks is currently in beta and AWS has a walkthrough on its blog

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.

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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.

Topics: Cloud, Amazon, CXO, Enterprise Software

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