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At its re:Invent conference this week, Amazon announced two new services for its Amazon Web Services cloud. The first, AWS Lambda, is a compute service designed around event-based computing. The second, EC2 Container Service, is a container management service that supports Docker.

Werner Vogels, CTO of Amazon, introduced Lambda at the conference. “The focus here is on the events. Events may be driven by Web services that would trigger these events. You’ll write some code—say, in JavaScript—and this will run without any hardware that you have to provision for it,” he said.

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“It’s easy to run without managing infrastructure. It will take care of managing, scaling, monitoring and logging for you. Your applications run milliseconds after the event has been triggered and thousands of functions can work in parallel. You run the code only when needed.”

Lambda is in preview now, and includes no extra costs outside of standard usage costs for AWS. Vogels said that event-driven programming around Lambda will give developers a lot more time and freedom to build with AWS, mainly because they will no longer have to manage server instances.

The EC2 Container Service, on the other hand, gives developers an entirely new way to deploy their applications into AWS. While Lambda has developers uploading Lambda Functions only, the EC2 Container Service allows developers to upload and manage numerous Linux Containers.

Both of these new services allow developers to start and stop their applications with simple API calls. The EC2 Container Service also includes no extra pricing beyond typical AWS pricing. The EC2 Container Service is also currently available as a public preview.

About Alex Handy

Alex Handy is the Senior Editor of Software Development Times.