The launch of the Amazon Web Services (AWS) in early 2020 represents a watershed moment for information technology. AWS is the cloud-computing service which is designed to use advanced storage, security, and communications technologies. In effect, it was designed to support a variety of online applications including social media, e-commerce, manufacturing, engineering, construction, health care, education, financial, and the government. These applications are developed in a large IT organization on Microsoft Windows using either Java or.Net technologies.
Anyone can make an application using any programming language with a good web application framework and as a result the whole web applications become more advanced over time. This is where the cross-platform issue arises.
Web development companies like Google and Yahoo use frameworks called “MVC”Model View Controller” which are based on a series of model-view-controller design patterns. At the heart of all this is the concept of the Model, View, and Controller. The essence of all these is that the Model stores information about data while the View is responsible for displaying the data in the form that the model needs.
The Controller is then responsible for some functionality of the Model.
For example the view can be set up so that you can add photos from your Flickr account to a special listing. The data can be sent from one controller to another. Finally, the entire system is set up so that the data can be shared between multiple users across the network.
The Model and View are the initial requirements of any web application, for example the camera application which was set up for photography and books. When an application uses these components, it becomes very easy to develop applications that use a variety of technologies. Amazon, as part of its embrace of the cloud, offers an integrated library for many programming languages.
While developing a new application, many developers choose to use a framework that uses a set of predefined patterns and syntax so that the framework can be composed easily. Similarly, if an existing application was written in one language, it is sometimes possible to convert it to use another framework as the need arises.
It is true that such language and framework combinations are becoming more prevalent but, for the customer, choose a single platform could provide great advantages. The platform that best suits their needs, can best make use of Amazon’s cloud computing services. Having the ability to use AWS and VMWare or Microsoft Azure would allow a website to be hosted in any location as needed.
The difference between a web development company using two different operating systems would be minimal and not at all as critical as the difference between the two operating systems themselves. In practice, the differences will be felt by developers. AWS is a platform designed to be flexible enough to incorporate a variety of technologies into one computer system, without forcing developers to use certain technologies.
VMware is a platform designed to support multiple operating systems but, to developers, it offers a lower cost option. While AWS may seem like a better choice for most applications in the short term, in the long term, people using Amazon Web Services may discover that it makes more sense to use an operating system other than Linux.
Many developers are learning the hard way that it is very difficult to get the best combination of cloud computing services for each individual project.
While every web developer, in the short term, would prefer to use AWS, in the long term, they are going to have to decide how much flexibility they want in order to use the features that are offered by AWS. The issue is that AWS is developing these technologies in order to support the new business model and new hardware. Even though AWS offers many technologies which are based on the latest software technology, the market is changing quickly and these technologies must evolve in order to keep up.
So far, cloud technology has evolved quickly but, although AWS is a leader in some technologies, it has not yet achieved its goal of having some of the most popular technologies in use in every organization across the globe. While people using Amazon Web Services will benefit from the quality services and stability of AWS, they are not sure what other options they have when they need to move to a newer operating system for their project.
Of course, for developers who already use these technologies, an upgrade is relatively easy. For the rest of us, cloud computing services represent a chance to use a versatile platform, regardless of operating system, which gives us access to amazing infrastructure, thus helping the customer and the business.