AWS launches enterprise play Amazon Zocalo, moves into MBaaS with dev tools

Amazon Web Services has launched a limited preview of its Amazon Zocalo service, which represents a move towards enterprise stoarage.

The move, announced at the AWS Summit earlier today, will be seen as competition to storage providers as well as enterprise collaboration tools.

Amazon Zocalo is described as a “fully managed, secure enterprise storage and sharing service with strong administrative controls and feedback capabilities that improve user productivity.” It is compatible with both laptops and tablets – yes, including the Kindle Fire – and offers easy integration with existing enterprise Active Directories.

AWS is certainly fuelling the fire and extending its ecosystem with this enterprise mobile play, with the traditional enterprise vendor base the target.

Noah Eisner, Amazon Zocalo general manager at AWS, said: “Customers have told us that they’re fed up with the cost, complexity, and performance of their existing old guard enterprise document and collaboration management tools.

“AWS was increasingly being asked to provide an enterprise storage and sharing tool that was easy to use, allowed users to quickly collaborate with others, and met the strict security needs of their organisations. That’s what Amazon Zocalo was built to do,” he added.

Elsewhere, AWS has unleashed new capabilities for mobile developers with AWS Mobile Services, which offers a variety of extra functionality, including greater synchronisation of user identities and data through Amazon Cognito, greater analytic capability through Amazon Mobile Analytics, and easy connection to AWS services through a unified mobile SDK.

Mobile backend competitor Kinvey took to Twitter to acknowledge the news, welcoming AWS to MBaaS:

Welcome to #MBaaS, AWS. Interesting play to try to keep next generation of mobile apps on AWS -> http://t.co/ODmqrUgRr8 #AWSSummit

— Kinvey (@Kinvey) July 10, 2014

Find out more on Amazon Zocalo here, and on AWS Mobile Services here.

 

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