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Start-Up Emerges To Simplify AWS Adoption

From a chance meeting between two high-tech veterans in a Dublin bar, a small Ireland-based start-up has emerged with the promise of simplifying the process of moving enterprises to the Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS) cloud.

Cloudwith.me seeks to help companies with their server set-up and management.

Although the company has been conducting business previously and has had a Facebook presence since last fall, it was officially introduced last month in a blog post. "We're a bunch of geeks who want to make life less complex when it comes to maintaining a server on the cloud," said Rachel Jacobs in the post. "We noticed a pain spot and decided to fix it for everyone."

Specifically, its site says:

Cloud With Me simplifies the tedious task of creating and maintaining servers, when shared hosting companies are no longer a good enough solution. Business owners with an ... AWS account no longer need to spend their valuable time and money on maintaining and managing their AWS servers.

It does that with free account features such as an e-mail account, an FTP account, the set-up of a server based in the AWS cloud and the option to add up to four more servers. Server costs are billed by AWS. From there, customers can choose from a number of add-ons for which customers are charged $3.99 per month.

Those add-ons include features such as MySQL, Wordpress, Drupal, Joomla, Roundcube, HTML and more.

The company provides an "intuitive dashboard" to help customers choose options for their AWS servers and get started in the cloud without interrupting ongoing business processes, according to its site, so customers don't need prior knowledge of the AWS set-up process, don't have to train staff and can avoid wasting time and resources on the details.

Cloudwith.me allows for the selection of a domain name, server region, instance type and OS (Ubuntu), along with the add-ons. After getting set-up, the dashboard immediately displays stats for the connected domain.

"Right now there are several solutions out there, but we try to simplify them all," Jacobs said. "Give us some time, we'll get there! We'd love to hear any feedback you may have, it will help us to build a better product for all. "

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David Ramel is the editor of Visual Studio Magazine.

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