What you missed in Cloud: DevOps-as-a-service

devops-cloud-binary-rainThe past week saw the cloud spotlight turn back to the development community with the launch of new capabilities aimed at fostering the creation of the web services changing how organizations operate. Nitros.io Inc. set the wheels in motion with the debut of a reworked version of its managed application platform adapted for the needs of large enterprises.

The startup takes the premise of cloud-based development a step further than the likes of Amazon Web Services by offering a pre-configured environment for writing code that removes the need to manage not only the underlying infrastructure but most of the software components as well. That allows engineers to focus only on their work, a simple but powerful value proposition that has won over IBM, Visa Inc. and numerous other big name customers.

The new release promises to make the platform even more more attractive through the addition of enhanced collaboration functionality and deeper integration with existing toolsets, which is also a focus of Ship.io, another development service that hit general availability last week. It offers what is described as a fresh spin on continuous delivery designed specifically with mobile apps in mind.

That focus manifests not only in the form of support for many of the most popular technologies among iOS and Android developers but also a built-in testing system that creator Electric Cloud Inc. says packs simulators for a wide range of devices and automatic project configuration. The unifying theme of the service is making it simpler to create and roll out improvements, a benefit that BlackBerry Ltd. hopes to extend beyond developers to the business workers who use their applications through its latest acquisition.

The mobile powerhouse paid a reported $150 million for a file sharing specialist called WatchDox Ltd. last week with the goal of replicating the success that the likes of Box Inc. have been enjoying with their rivaling capabilities. The startup doesn’t have nearly the same following as its bigger and better-funded competitor but manages to stand out nonetheless thanks to a focus on security aligned that is particularly appealing to the privacy-conscious organizations BlackBerry is targeting.