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AWS Buys Cloud-Based IDE Provider Cloud9

Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS) is bolstering its Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) portfolio with the acquisition of Cloud9, which provides an eponymous cloud-based integrated development environment (IDE).

Cloud9 is a 6-year-old, 16-person startup with offices in San Francisco and Amsterdam. It has about half-a-million users, according to its Web site. Its customers include Salesforce.com, Mozilla, Atlassian, SoundCloud, Heroku and MailChimp.

The company's flagship product is its cloud-based IDE, which it estimates has been used by app developers for a combined span of nearly 4 million hours. Cloud9's online code editor and workspace, powered by Docker Ubuntu, lets developers test apps across 300 browser and OS combinations, collaborate with other developers in real time, and easily replay early versions of their code.

Cloud9 supports over 40 languages, including PHP, Ruby, Python, JavaScript and Go.

The Cloud9 IDE is available in three paid versions, priced according to the level of features. The Individual version costs $19 per month and the Teams version (currently in beta) costs $29 per month, while pricing for the Enterprise version depends on the size of the deployment. There is also a free tier, which includes basic functionality.

Terms of the deal, which was announced Thursday, were not disclosed. However, Cloud9 CEO and Co-Founder Reuben Daniëls assured current Cloud9 customers that the company's operations will proceed as usual while it works with AWS to integrate its technologies and staff.

"In the meantime, you'll still be able to depend on and continue to invest safely in Cloud9," wrote Daniëls in a blog post. "It's still business as usual -- we'll continue to work with our Ace Open Source community and to provide our innovative services to you and our hundreds of thousands of customers worldwide. Over time, we'll work with AWS to do even more on your behalf."

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