Today GitHub is giving businesses another option when it comes to deploying the company’s software for storing application code. Now it’s possible to deploy GitHub Enterprise, a private version of the service, on the popular Amazon Web Services public cloud.

Previously, businesses could only deploy GitHub Enterprise in their own on-premises data centers. Clearly, those customers want alternatives, and GitHub is delivering.

“Many companies want to host code in their AWS-powered cloud, and with good reason,” Matt Colyer, director of product for GitHub Enterprise, wrote in a blog post on the news that’s scheduled to be posted to GitHub’s website.

The decision to make a version of the service available on Amazon makes sense. An increasing number of businesses rely almost exclusively on the Amazon cloud instead of their own data center infrastructure. And if GitHub intends to grow larger, it will need to go where the business is.

Which is why you shouldn’t be surprised if competitors come out with versions of their repository software available to run on clouds, instead of just running them on their own infrastructure as a public service.

In announcing the availability of GitHub Enterprise on Amazon, GitHub is also coming forth with updates to the software. The new version comes with improved LDAP integration, better project-management capability, and a way to reply to comments by dashing off an email.

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