Cloud9 is a fairly robust developer environment, and exists entirely int he cloud via Docker Ubuntu environments. It’s not a shell, either; the company gives developers sudo rights and allows for direct pushes to GitHub. It’s about as IDE as you can get without downloading an app.
Cloud9 announced the acquisition via its blog:
We’re excited to let you, our users and customers, be among the first to learn that we have been acquired by Amazon! We will be joining the Amazon Web Services family, and we’re looking forward to working together on terrific customer offerings for the future.
In the meantime, you’ll still be able to depend on and continue to invest safely in Cloud9. 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.
On the occasion of this amazing milestone for Cloud9, I’d like to take this moment to express our appreciation for the trust you’ve placed in Cloud9 over the years and to say how excited we are at this new beginning and the opportunity to bring you more and more value under the AWS umbrella. Thanks so much for your business, and stay tuned for even more great things to come!
It’s not immediately clear why Amazon bought Cloud9, but it’s a popular tool amongst developers. The company could also be looking to directly integrate AWS into the Cloud9 workflow, making us even more reliant on its cloud services.
I’m not sure about the ‘why’ of it all, but it’s a really smart move on Amazon’s part.