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Amazon today ad the general availability of Proton Amazon Web Services (AWS), an application delivery service that provisions, deploys, and monitors microservices. With Proton, a company’s engineering team creates stacks that define an application’s architecture, infrastructure, integration and continuous delivery (CI / CD) pipeline, and observability tool. , then makes those stacks available to developers. The goal is to allow developers to build applications without having to configure, tune, and test their underlying resources.

Gartner predicts the public cloud market to grow to $ 304.9 billion this year, up from $ 257.5 billion in 2020. Modern applications are increasingly designed as distributed microservices, leveraging both containers and services. (Microservices are a collection of loosely coupled, independently deployable components integrated into larger applications.) While this change accelerates innovation, it presents challenges that legacy tools are sometimes unable to address. A 2018 Cybersecurity Insiders investigation found that 62% of respondents believe a misconfiguration is the biggest threat to cloud security, followed by unauthorized access through the misuse of employee credentials.

Indeed, Amazon claims that the pieces of code that make up microservices are often developed and maintained independently, then put together to build and scale individual applications. Each microservice has its own separate infrastructure, code models, CI / CD pipelines, and monitoring that need to be learned and updated. These microservices can report to different teams, which can lead to more frequent changes compared to traditional applications. Development becomes a difficult task when it spans applications with hundreds or thousands of microservices.

The ins and outs of Proton

Proton, which was previewed in December during AWS re: Invent, allows AWS customers to define application components as a stack, which creates everything needed to provision, deploy, and monitor an application, including compute, networking, code pipeline, security, and The surveillance. Developers choose a stack that suits their use case, plug in their application settings, and deploy. Proton manages the provisioning of necessary AWS services, passing code through the CI / CD pipeline, configuring monitoring and alarms, and compiling, testing, and deploying code.

“Customers have told us that while they appreciate the operational benefits offered by container and serverless applications, it is extremely difficult to scale these architectures in their organizations due to the many manual tasks involved in deploying applications that use microservices, ”AWS VP of Compute Services Deepak Singh said in a press release. “Proton brings together customer infrastructure as code, CI / CD pipeline, and observability into a single interface, so developers can quickly move code from a repository to a production application.

The CareerBuilder employment website used Proton to create a self-service interface for developers to select IT-approved models and deploy applications in-house. ClearScale, a cloud professional services company, says Proton will help its development teams focus on code and more effectively deploy necessary updates. And Rackspace says it is “excited” by Proton’s potential to provide a “cloud-native means” for back-office teams to define application infrastructure and services.

“With the new Proton service, organizations finally have a centralized way to manage container and serverless deployments. This fully customized, self-service platform helps development teams focus on their code and easily deploy updates as needed, ”said ClearScale VP of Technology Pavel Vasilyev in a statement. “We are very excited to support Proton. “

AWS Proton is available starting today in the US East (N. Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (Oregon), Europe (Ireland), and Asia Pacific (Tokyo) AWS Regions, with availability additional to come, according to Amazon. There are no upfront commitments or fees to use Proton – customers only pay for AWS services used to build, scale, and run applications.


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