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AWS Sweetens Developer Pitch with Cloud9 Acquisition
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AWS Sweetens Developer Pitch with Cloud9 Acquisition

Details of the transaction are sparse, but it is worth watching as the public cloud war continues to heat up

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Amazon Web Services has acquired cloud development startup Cloud9 on Thursday. The details of the transaction have not been disclosed.

According to a report by Fortune, Cloud9 has built an integrated development environment. It offers a code editor with a full Ubuntu workspace in the cloud. The platform supports more than 40 languages and allows developers to build and test websites using WordPress, Django and Rails.

The developer market is a huge focus for cloud providers, and this acquisition will certainly help support AWS’ pitch to developers. It is unclear exactly how AWS will utilize Cloud9 or its technology.

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According to a brief blog post on Thursday by Cloud9 CEO Ruben Daniels, the company will work with AWS on “terrific customer offerings for the future.”

“On the occasion of this amazing milestone for Cloud9, I’d like to take this moment to express our appreciation for the trust you’ve placed in Cloud9 over the years and to say how excited we are at this new beginning and the opportunity to bring you more and more value under the AWS umbrella,” Daniels said. “Thanks so much for your business, and stay tuned for even more great things to come!”

The startup is based in both Amsterdam and San Francisco with less than 50 employees.

Cloud9 also launched a development environment built exclusively for Salesforce developers last August, described as a “seamless, unified hub for all your Salesforce projects and development needs – that is always up to date.”

“The workspace automatically communicates with the Salesforce platform to synchronize any changes you make, allowing you to fully focus on coding,” Cloud9 said.

Salesforce recently announced that it had selected AWS as its preferred cloud provider, a huge win for the public cloud company. Aside from its own investments, Salesforce could be a good partner in helping AWS sign on more developer customers. In June, Salesforce launched a $50 million fund for developers.

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