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Amazon DevPay is out (in Beta)!

December 19, 2007

They’re coming fast-and-furious now. 🙂 First SimpleDB, now DevPay.

DevPay basically lets you layer your own service offerings on top of Amazon’s and get compensated for doing so. I can’t tell you why we’re so excited about this one, just yet, but we have some neat ideas we’re playing with that I hope I can talk about soon. Meanwhile, if you’re a developer wanting to re-sell Amazon’s services with your own special sauce mixed in, now’s your chance. 🙂

This service is particularly interesting, to me, because it doesn’t stand on its own. Most of the other services work great together, but you can easily use them independently to do interesting things. I’ve been expecting layers of services to start forming where some of the core components are pre-requisite building blocks (say a CDN on top of S3 or a Load Balancing API on top of EC2), and I think DevPay is the first of these. Can’t wait to see what kind of neat businesses come out of this.

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  1. Alex
    December 19, 2007 at 4:04 pm

    Shame it’s yet another US residents only product.

    I’m also curious as to who would purchase/rent instances in this way. So far Amazon has mostly appealed to the technical market and not users after a quick fix server solution.

    Will developers go for this? If I’ve got a service I want to sell then it’s usually more profitable for me to rent my own servers or instances and then sell out the service. Surely 100 customers over a few of your own servers is more profitable than 100 customers running their own instances with DevPay? The cost to the end customer of the instances along with the developers fee might be just too high.

  2. December 19, 2007 at 4:12 pm

    I can imagine lots of use cases where the “Elastic” (that’s the E in EC2) comes in handy and would be possible to monetize.

    I think the more interesting application, though, is DevPay on top of S3. Imagine you’re a maker of backup software which you’d like to sell and you’ve spent quite a bit of time working on the UI and the algorithms to determine what to backup and how often. You can layer that on top of S3 and sell a complete package where Amazon handles all the usage billing for you. Pretty sweet.

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