AWS Proton software delivery platform is now available in select regions

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced Proton's general availability. Proton is a centralized hub for managing and delivering containers and serverless applications.

Microservices and the containers they're based on are small pieces of software that proliferate quickly in enterprise environments. Different teams often create these pieces of software and update them frequently. One of the most significant benefits of a container-based microservices approach is that they're not monolithic, allowing developers to update individual functions separately.

Development teams must maintain consistent standards for these systems and serverless software that doesn't require a visible virtual machine.

Proton uses templates for microservices deployment. Environment templates define the shared resources available to the software, which development teams deploy first. Service templates then define the continuous integration/deployment pipeline that governs their journey to deployment and the infrastructure they use when they get there. They also define observability tools DevOps teams can use to monitor their services in the field.

DevOps teams can collect these templates into standard stacks to quickly stand up these highly atomic pieces of code. The stacks can be curated to support different kinds of workload and operating environment, and they contain best practices to ensure that developers handle tasks, such as security.


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When the time comes to deploy a microservice, container, or serverless application on the development team's chosen stack, Proton handles resource provisioning, code deployment, and monitoring telemetry.

The pay-as-you-go service offers a dashboard where administrators examine and control all containers and serverless applications in the Amazon cloud. It also lists the microservices using each stack.

AWS Proton became available this week in Amazon's US East (N. Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (Oregon), Europe (Ireland), and Asia Pacific (Tokyo) regions. The company will roll it out in more areas soon, it said.

Danny Bradbury

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