At the Amazon Web Services Summit in New York, this morning, Amazon announced a number of new services for developers within its cloud. The announcements included new services such as the AWS Device Farm and the AWS API Gateway.
Amazon also announced general availability for a number of services that were still in beta form. These include AWS Code CodeCommit, AWS CodePipeline, and the AWS Service Catalog. Amazon also announced new partnerships, chief amongst which was an agreement to make Chef available through 1-click deploys in Amazon’s cloud.
The new AWS Device Farm goes live on July 13, and will give developers a way to test their mobile applications on a cloud of actual, physical mobile devices. The service supports testing tools Appium, Calabash, and Espresso. The service is priced at $0.17 per device minute. The service is entirely focused on Android and FireOS applications.
AWS API Gateway is designed to help developers building services backends inside the Amazon cloud. Marco Argenti, vice president at AWS, said that Amazon customers are facing challenges when it comes to constructing APIs. “Building and running rock-solid APIs at massive scale is a significant challenge for customers. And yet, this is one of the most important ingredients for building and operating modern applications that are consumed through multiple devices,” said Argenti. “At AWS, we have over nine years of experience running some of the most heavily used APIs in the world. The Amazon API Gateway takes this learning and makes it available to customers as a pay-as-you-go service that eliminates the cost and complexity of managing APIs so that developers can focus on building great apps.”
The API Gateway pricing is $3.50 per million API calls, plus a per GB charge for the data delivered. The per GB charge starts at $0.09 for the first 10 TB, then drops as low as $0.05 when data transfers go past 350 TB.
For managers, the AWS CodePipeline will solve a great many coordination problems for deploying applications. This newly available service allows developers to model their release pipeline. CodePipeline gives developers to continuous integration, and integrates with GitHub, Jenkins, Runscope, Apica and Blazemeter.
It also works with AWS CodeCommit, which offers managed source control for git repositories. The service also encrypts repositories at rest, keeping developers’ code safe from prying eyes.
Finally, the AWS Service Catalog was made publicly available today, as well. This allows managers to create catalogs of approved services, thus enabling enterprises to winnow down AWS usage to just the bits that have been sanctioned.
Amazon also announced new partnerships at the show. Chief among them was with DevOps tools maker Chef. Jay Wampold, vice president of marketing at Chef, said this partnership was just as beneficial for Amazon as it is for Chef. “What AWS tells us is that when customers are using Chef, they get to AWS quicker, and they consume more of it. It help with migrating workloads to the cloud,” said Wampold.
Chef is available in Amazon as an AMI, now, which includes all the premium and enterprise features. Pricing is $6 per node, per year, plus AWS charges.