Adobe Announces LiveCycle ES via Amazon Web Services
Adobe Systems Incorporated has announced “the immediate availability of Adobe® LiveCycle® ES Developer Express software,a full version of Adobe LiveCycle ES hosted in the Amazon Web Services cloud computing environment. Using the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) and Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) technologies, Adobe’s offering provides a virtual, self-contained development environment where enterprise developers can prototype, develop, and test Adobe LiveCycle ES applications without needing to install and configure Adobe LiveCycle ES themselves.”
By combining Adobe’s Portable Document Format (PDF), Adobe Reader®, Flex® and Flash® technologies with the Amazon Web Services (AWS), developers now have an instant, ready-built sandbox to work in. The upfront costs, installation fees and maintenance hassles that traditionally follow when development teams begin work with a software package are eliminated with this offering.
LiveCycle ES via Amazon Web Services can also be very useful for the rapid prototyping of a solution that otherwise would require the installation of a LiveCycle server. The costs associated with the set up of a development environment or test lab are also greatly reduced. By taking a pay-as-you-go on a per-use basis approach, LiveCycle ES ensures that businesses don’t need to invest in large infrastructures on day 1 of their project.
We blogged about PaaS (Platform as a Service) a while back and praised the ability of this technology to offer on-tap applications available on an as-needed basis via a programmable environment presented as a rich Internet application (RIA). This Adobe / Amazon partnership is part of this kind of service offering. By making development tools and extensions available “on tap” is helping businesses such as INM integrate these offerings to better deliver rich user experiences. LiveCycle ES allows for a-la-carte use that scales up instantaneously to a large number of CPUs and provides plenty of storage space to deliver a rapid response (crucial to the delivery of a great User Experience).