Amazon opens AWS to Microsoft developers


Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) wants to rule the cloud and to that end, opened its Amazon Web Services platform to Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) developers hoping to grow their inventory of big data applications.

AWS comprises a set of infrastructure and application services that enable virtually any application from the cloud, including enterprise applications, big data projects, social, gaming and mobile. Amazon has other components for its big data strategy, including SAP Hana One and MongoDB. Hana is the database that Hasso Plattner, co-founder and chairman of SAP, is counting on to re-invigorate his company, as well as the analytics space.

While these companies position themselves for the projected explosion of big data, a survey from GigaSpaces, a provider of application virtualization platforms designed for the cloud, indicates there isn't a lot of time for that positioning. Most, 80 percent, of their IT executive survey respondents said big-data processing in mission critical for their business and indicated they had some plans to move their big data processing to the cloud. However, only 12 percent have adopted real-time event processing tools to date.

Late last month, Amazon debuted its low-cost big data warehousing solution for enterprises using its Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) and Redshift. Amazon's RDS is based on Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle and MySQL, and with Redshift is targeted on warehousing and analytics. Attracting Microsoft developers should help Amazon build up the portfolio of apps for this market rather quickly.

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