Sandbox in the sky

This article was originally published in VSJ, which is now part of Developer Fusion.
Hosted in the Amazon Web Services cloud computing environment, Adobe LiveCycle Enterprise Suite Developer Express is a full version of the product but hosted “in the cloud”. Using the Amazon Elastic Computer Cloud (Amazon EC2) and Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) technologies, it provides a virtual, self-contained development environment where enterprise developers can prototype, develop, and test applications without needing to install and configure the platform themselves.

Applications are pre-configured as ready to run server instances on the EC2 server. This can help reduce the time required to boot new server instances to minutes, allowing enterprise developers to quickly begin testing and modifying applications.

Developers can effectively bullet-proof their applications without having to invest in a development environment or test lab. Old projects may be deleted or saved for future access and new projects can begin without any cleanup required from the last install.

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