New from AWS: Amazon AppFlow helps developers cut costs when transferring data

Amazon Web Services has announced the launch of Amazon AppFlow, a new service to help developers cut costs and save time when they transfer data between software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications and AWS services.

Amazon AppFlow allows developers to run data flows at almost any scale at the frequency they choose. And you can do this on a schedule or on-demand, for example at a business event. The data is encrypted in motion to reduce security threats.

Transfer data: 100GB in a single flow

Amazon AppFlow scales up or down depending on your needs. And you don’t have to break down your data into separate bunches — you can transfer 100GB in a single flow. It supports S3 and 13 SaaS applications as sources of data, and S3, Amazon Redshift, Salesforce, and Snowflake as destinations for the data. AWS says it will “add hundreds more as the service develops.”

This fully managed integration service will be especially useful for those who need to transfer data between SaaS applications such as Salesforce, Marketo, Slack, and ServiceNow, and AWS services such as Amazon S3 and Amazon Redshift. And you can do this in just a few clicks. You can access AppFlow via the AWS Management Console, and you will be up and running in minutes. “Select your data source and destination, specify your flow trigger, map your fields, opt to add data transformations or validations, and then run your flow,” Amazon says.

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Amazon AppFlow was created to help developers simplify their jobs, especially in companies with smaller support staffs. “Developers spend huge amounts of time writing custom integrations so they can pass data between SaaS applications and AWS services so that it can be analyzed,” says Martin Beeby, principal advocate for Amazon Web Services. “If data requirements change, then costly and complicated modifications have to be made to the integrations. Companies that don’t have the luxury of engineering resources might find themselves manually importing and exporting data from applications, which is time-consuming, risks data leakage, and has the potential to introduce human error.

There are no upfront charges or fees to use Amazon AppFlow. Customers will be charged only for the number of flows they run and the volume of data processed.


Amazon AppFlow is available in US East (Northern Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (Northern California), US West (Oregon), Canada (Central), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Toyko), Asia Pacific (Sydney), Asia Pacific (Seoul), Asia Pacific (Mumbai), Europe (Paris), Europe (Ireland), Europe (Frankfurt), Europe (London), and South America (São Paulo) with more regions to be added soon.

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