AWS launches OpsWorks app management tool

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New AWS application management tool promises to smooth application lifecycle management

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced the development of a new application management platform called AWS OpsWorks.

The company claims OpsWorks “features an integrated experience for managing the complete application lifecycle, including resource provisioning, configuration management, application deployment, software updates, and access control”.

It also lists three key attributes of the Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offering: operational control, promoting conventions and sane defaults; automation; and flexibility, delivered through the Chef framework.

OpsWorks is AWS’s second application management service, along with Elastic Beanstalk, which was launched a little over two years ago.

According to AWS, the PaaS offerings differ from each other “in the breadth of architectural patterns that they support, and their operations orientation”.

“Elastic Beanstalk is an easy-to-use application management service for building apps and web services with popular application containers such as Java, PHP, Python, Ruby and .NET,” AWS explained.

“OpsWorks supports a wider variety of architectural patterns than Elastic Beanstalk ... from simple web applications to highly complex applications,” it added.

Existing AWS customers can set up OpsWorks via the Management Console and there is no additional charge for adding it, as it creates logs that are stored in an Amazon S3 bucket in their account.

The company will be holding an "Introduction to OpsWorks" webinar on 18 March 2013 for developers who want to find out more about the service.