Amazon Allegedly Bought IDE Startup Cloud9

According to a post published on Cloud9’s blog on Thursday, Amazon Web Services (AWS) has acquired Cloud9, a cloud-based software startup that built an integrated development environment (IDE) for web and mobile developers. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed yet. AWS declined to comment on the acquisition.

As a privately held company founded in 2010, Cloud9 has a development team in Amsterdam and its main office in San Francisco. It built an online, collaborative IDE existing entirely in the cloud via Docker Ubuntu environments, which can be used as an alternative to traditional desktop-based development environment. Cloud9 supports some 40 different programming languages and lets remote teams work together to develop, edit and test code across some 300 different combinations of browsers and operating systems. The company offers a free version of its platform alongside with three premium editions. Developer using the platform are given sudo rights and allowed to develop, test, deploy and operate software with a rich set of dev tools.

“We will be joining the Amazon Web Services family, and we’re looking forward to working together on terrific customer offerings for the future.” Cloud9 CEO Ruben Daniels wrote, “Over time, we’ll work with AWS to do even more on your behalf.”

It is not quite clear why Amazon bought Cloud9, but presumably Amazon Web Services would integrate Cloud9’s IDE into its cloud computing services for better development. By fully integrating the IDE into AWS, Amazon could offer a more appealing tool for existing AWS customers that are currently using other IDEs like Microsoft’s Visual Studio. On the other side, Cloud9 would gain more customers and advantages on its cloud services if directly integrate AWS into its workflow.

Cloud9’s current customers include Salesforce, Atlassian, Soundcloud, etc. The services are built around a freemium model along with three priced tiers. It is not clear how the pricing will change under AWS. Early this January, Cloud9 announced to align itself with Google so that its users can build apps for Google Cloud Platform. Now with the IDE owned by Amazon, also unclear is the fate of Cloud9’s support for Google Cloud Platform. Google didn’t respond to a request for comment.

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