Amazon Web Services (AWS) has built a reputation for providing inexpensive compute resources in the cloud. At the re:Invent 2014 conference this week, AWS unfurled a raft of advanced services that collectively make it simpler to build and deploy applications on AWS than just about anywhere else at price/performance levels that are difficult for anyone to match.
Among the new AWS services are:
Speaking at re:Invent, AWS CTO Werner Vogels says the ultimate goal is to create a public cloud environment that makes it easier for organizations to spin up a wide variety of applications faster than ever. To that end, AWS is clearly moving beyond being a low-cost provider of public cloud services. Investments in advanced cloud services mean that AWS is becoming a provider of an enterprise IT cloud experience that most internal IT organizations won’t be able to match.
Of course, the degree to which other cloud service providers can provide similar capabilities remains to be seen. But for right now at least, it looks like most of them will be playing catch up with AWS for quite some time.