Feeds

Amazon widens .NET to catch Windows cloud devs

Psst, hey you, Bezos has some cloud for you

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

Amazon has broadened the ways in which .NET users can fiddle with its platform-as-a-service cloud AWS Elastic Beanstalk.

The expansion of the technology was announced on Tuesday and sees Elastic Beanstalk for .NET now support Amazon's enterprise-focused Virtual Private Cloud technology. It follows an announcement by Amazon last week that saw it cut the cost of running Windows on its cloud by up to 26 per cent.

Elastic Beanstalk is Amazon's free platform-as-a-service – a technology that taps into common IaaS tech like scalable storage and compute, while also automatically doing load balancing and resource provisioning.

The service "allows you to easily deploy and manage .NET applications on AWS. Because Elastic Beanstalk leverages Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2012, you can run .NET applications with minimal changes," the company wrote.

Elastic Beanstalk .NET apps can also now be integrated with Bezos & Co's Amazon Relational Database Service, and be customized with YAML configuration files.

Elastic Beanstalk supports apps written in .NET, Node.js, PHP, Python, and Ruby and competes with other platform-as-a-services like Heroku, Engine Yard, Appfog, OpenShift, AppHarbor, CloudBees, Nodejitsu, Force.com, Cloud Foundry, Google's App Engine, and Microsoft's Azure. But all of these excluding Nodejitsu, App Engine, and Azure depend in part on AWS infrastructure, so any expansion of free features by Amazon poses a threat to these companies.

Amazon is choosing this week to slap on the blue facepaint because Microsoft's Management Summit is happening in Las Vegas, so Amazon may want to draw attention away from the increasingly mature Azure cloud.

By boosting the capabilities of Elastic Beanstalk with .NET, the company has further integrated the technology with its own sprawling fleet of cloud services. This puts pressure on cloud rivals Google and Microsoft to respond in kind.

Whenever Amazon makes announcements of this kind it usually yields reprisal upgrades from its rivals. Here on El Reg's cloud platform desk we've heard whispers that Microsoft may make further Azure announcements later this week, or perhaps at the beginning of next. ®

Security for virtualized datacentres

More from The Register

next story
It's Big, it's Blue... it's simply FABLESS! IBM's chip-free future
Or why the reversal of globalisation ain't gonna 'appen
'Hmm, why CAN'T I run a water pipe through that rack of media servers?'
Leaving Las Vegas for Armenia kludging and Dubai dune bashing
Bitcasa bins $10-a-month Infinite storage offer
Firm cites 'low demand' plus 'abusers'
Facebook slurps 'paste sites' for STOLEN passwords, sprinkles on hash and salt
Zuck's ad empire DOESN'T see details in plain text. Phew!
CAGE MATCH: Microsoft, Dell open co-located bit barns in Oz
Whole new species of XaaS spawning in the antipodes
Microsoft and Dell’s cloud in a box: Instant Azure for the data centre
A less painful way to run Microsoft’s private cloud
AWS pulls desktop-as-a-service from the PC
Support for PCoIP protocol means zero clients can run cloudy desktops
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
New hybrid storage solutions
Tackling data challenges through emerging hybrid storage solutions that enable optimum database performance whilst managing costs and increasingly large data stores.