Feature Go programming language

Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced it is taking over a software development kit (SDK) project for Go, a programming language develop by AWS’s public cloud rival Google.

Go, which is commonly referred to a golang, is an open source programming language developed at Google in 2007. It is now used in some of the search engine’s production systems. Go’s compiler targets the Microsoft Windows, Linuc, Mac OS X, FreeBSD, Net BSD, OpenBSD and Plan 9 operating systems as well as the i386, amd64 and ARM processor architectures.

AWS actually acquired its Go SDK from Stripe, an online payment solution company which was developing the kit.

“Since its launch, the Go programming language has had a remarkable growth trajectory, and we have been hearing customer requests for an official AWS SDK with increasing frequency,” said Peter Moon, senior product manager for AWS, in a recent blog. “As we began our research, we came across aws-go, an SDK from Stripe. This SDK, principally authored by Coda Hale, was developed using model-based generation techniques very similar to how our other official AWS SDKs are developed.”

He said AWS entered into discussions with Stripe and the company offered to transfer ownership of the project to AWS.

This announcement comes as a time when AWS is experiencing strong growth in the cloud services market.

cloud market share

According to the Synergy Research Group, AWS achieved a 25 per cent growth in Q3 last year allowing it to commands 30 per cent of the global market share for the final quarter of 2014.

For the full-year 2014, AWS share of the worldwide market was 28 per cent, followed by Microsoft (10 per cent), IBM (7 per cent), Google (5 per cent), Salesforce (4 per cent) and Rackspace (3 per cent).

Quarterly cloud infrastructure service revenues (including infrastructure-as-a-service, platform-as-a-service and private & hybrid cloud) are now approaching the $5 billion milestone, with trailing twelve-month revenues exceeding $16 billion, according to Synergy.

“Many actual or [perceived barriers to cloud adoption have now been removed and worldwide market is on a strong growth trajectory,” said John Dinsdale, research director at Synergy.

He is particularly impressed with the growth shown by AWS and Microsoft.

“They have an ever-broadening portfolio of services and they are also benefiting from a slowdown in the super-aggressive price completion that was a feature of the first half of 2014.”



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