Dev and test: Gateway drug to the cloud

Amazon Web Services recently stormed the Gartner Magic Quadrant as the undisputed leader of cloud computing. Given that it has “the richest array of IaaS and PaaS capabilities” and “provides the deepest capabilities for governing a large number of users and resources,” with a “multiyear competitive advantage over all its competitors,” it’s easy to forget the source of AWS strength:

Developers.

If RedMonk analyst James Governor is correct in his argument that “the only sustainable business advantage in an age of unprecedented technical change is unleashing engineering talent,” AWS was first to recognize this and enable it. Moreover, it’s not the production workloads that mark the true test of AWS strength — it’s the lowly dev-and-test instance.

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