Media Coverage

News from 2009

Jan 05, 2009

Amazon Offers Pay-Per-Use Service For Data Hosted on S3

NetworkWorld: “Amazon adds new S3 twist: Make people pay to access your data. Inc. has rolled out a new option for its Simple Storage Service (S3) that lets data owners shift the cost of accessing their information to other people or entities.”

Jan 05, 2009

InformationWeek names Amazon CTO Werner Vogels Chief of the Year

“If we’re on the cusp of the computer industry’s next major architecture, the one beyond client-server, Vogels has played a key role in getting us to this point. A former researcher in Cornell University’s computer science department, where he specialized in large-scale distributed systems, Vogels joined Amazon in 2004 to help the e-retailer design and scale its IT infrastructure to handle workloads many times Amazon’s own.”

“Vogels’ name and face are often associated with Amazon’s cloud, but AWS isn’t a one-man show. Senior VP Andy Jassy conceived the business model five years ago and has had his hand at the wheel ever since. VP Charlie Bell is the lead technical manager of AWS. VP Adam Selipsky is the liaison to the 440,000 developers who have signed up so far. Vogels, Bell, and Selipsky report to Jassy, and Amazon balked at our suggestion that one of them could be singled out. But we did it anyway, selecting Vogels as InformationWeek’s Chief of the Year, our highest editorial honor.”

Jan 06, 2009

Cloud Computing Begins to Gain Traction on Wall Street

Wall Street and Technology: “Nasdaq stores many terabytes of Nasdaq, NYSE and Amex data in Amazon’s storage cloud; according to Claude Courbois, associate VP, product development, Nasdaq adds 30 gigabytes to 80 gigabytes of data every day to the cloud, about 300,000 flat files each representing 10 minutes’ worth of trading activity on a stock.”
Jan 17, 2009

Inc.: Is Cloud Computing Right For Your Company?

“Cloud computing offers more flexibility than the traditional setup. You could, for instance, rent 10 servers for when your website traffic peaks at 7 p.m. but scale back to just two for when traffic wanes at 2 a.m. This promise of more flexibility and lower costs has grabbed the attention of many business owners.” This article profiles two AWS customers: FlyMiwok and TC3 Health.

Feb 05, 2009

eWeek: Amazon SimpleDB a Solid Choice

“Amazon in December released the beta version of SimpleDB, which is part of Amazon Web Services. Amazon SimpleDB offers businesses using cloud-based applications a place to store simple data. While not useful for all Web-based data storage, Amazon SimpleDB can work well in environments where users needs to quickly look up data.”

Feb 12, 2009

PCWorld: New IPhone Apps Let You Control Amazon Cloud Services

“Amazon Web Services customers will soon have a pair of options for managing their systems from an Apple iPhone. Ylastic, which makes a browser-based management dashboard for EC2 and other AWS services, released a version for the iPhone and Google’s Android platform this week. The company is charging US$10 per user per month for the mobile application. Meanwhile, an EC2 management app for the iPhone is now in development at the Rochester, New York, application development firm Directthought. The company is hoping to have the application, directEC2, ready for sale on Apple’s App Store within a month, said senior software architect David Kavanagh”

Feb 12, 2009

IBM Apps Now Running on Amazon’s EC2 Cloud

Data Center Knowledge: “IBM and Amazon Web Services have partnered to allow developers to use Amazon EC2 to build and run a range of IBM platform technologies, the companies announced today. The agreement with IBM, perhaps the company most identified with corporate IT, is the latest indicator of the growing traction for Amazon’s cloud computing platform among enterprise users. The old maxim that “nobody ever got fired for buying IBM” underscores the significance of the partnership. At a time when many corporate IT departments are debating the merits of cloud computing, the IBM-Amazon partnership is a signal that IBM sees Amazon’s public cloud as enterprise ready.”

Mar 04, 2009

Wall Street Journal: Selling Expertise On the Internet For Extra Cash

“As the recession deepens, a small but growing number of people are taking their skills online, doling out expertise or performing specified tasks for a fee. Labor-at-the-keyboard sites are gaining popularity as people increasingly turn to the Web in search of work. One site is Mechanical Turk (, a Web service run by Inc., pays workers to perform tasks, such as cataloging products online.”

Mar 09, 2009

Portfolio: The Future of Cloud Computing

“ takes a peek inside today’s cutting-edge corporate IT and finds the beginning of a real revolution. Talk about remote control: When Eli Lilly’s Dave Powers needs to fire up a rack of servers so scientists can run an experiment modeling, say, a potential blockbuster drug, he pulls out his iPhone and taps the screen. When the job is done, he flicks his finger and the computers disappear. Literally. They’re located in the “cloud,” or to be more exact, at one of’s massive data centers. Lilly rents computational time from the virtual vendor, paying only for the firepower it needs at any given moment. When a job is done, the meter stops ticking.”

Apr 29, 2009

WSJ: Free Rides for Students on Amazon’s Cloud

“ on Wednesday is launching a grant program that offers professors, researchers and students free access to its popular Web services – the storage and processing power that it usually rents on a per-use basis.”
May 05, 2009 Amazon spreading its wings in the cloud

“Amazon’s cloud computing division has lifted the lid on some of the enhancements it has on the way. Andy Jassy, senior VP for Amazon Web Services and Amazon Payments, told “Really what we’re trying to do with Amazon Web Services is provide a set of building-block infrastructure services that other businesses can use to build sophisticated scalable applications. Amazon recently opened a datacentre in Ireland for businesses wanting to use the services but keep their data in Europe for compliance and latency purposes.”
Jun 26, 2009

TechFlash: Interview with Sharon Chiarella of Mechanical Turk

“Sharon Chiarella is vice president of Amazon Mechanical Turk,’s “online marketplace for work,” which connects people who want tasks done (for example, tagging web photos or doing small bits of research) with people willing to do them, often for pennies. She talked to TechFlash about the power of crowdsourcing, how it’s being used today, and why it shouldn’t be used to sell Girl Scout cookies.”
Jun 29, 2009

Forbes: Interview with Andy Jassy, Sr. VP, AWS

“Amazon’s Golden Cloud – A peek inside at the challenges and growth areas of Amazon’s outsourcing services.” An interview with Andrew R. Jassy, senior vice president, Amazon Web Services.
Jun 30, 2009

NPR: Mechanical Turk Interview

Sharon Chiarella, Vice President of Amazon Mechanical Turk is interviewed on National Public Radio (NPR) and the interviewer looks at how employers and workers are both finding success on the Mechanical Turk marketplace.
Aug 27, 2009

ComputerWorldUK: Amazon Web Services Is Addressing Enterprises' Top Issues

James Staten, Principal Analyst at Forrester Research reports in this article. “Attention enterprises — Amazon Web Services, Inc. is serious about wanting your business. Over the past 6 months the cloud computing leader has made several enhancements to its services that specifically address the security concerns of enterprise infrastructure & operations (I&O) professionals as well as security & risk professionals.”
Oct 27, 2009

eWeek: Amazon Launches Relational Database for the Cloud

“I found Amazon RDS to be a very efficient way to deploy MySQL, and a natural fit for cloud-based application deployment,” said David Tompkins, a senior computer scientist at Adobe Systems’ Advanced Technology Labs. “The instance is up and running in minutes, and very sensible defaults are baked in. The APIs provide streamlined administration, with an ability to programmatically automate administration functions — which is a key feature in cloud-based applications. Most importantly, Amazon RDS provides pain-free scalability – which is typically one of the most time-consuming and expensive aspects of database deployment.”
Dec 11, 2009

eWeek: AWS Toolkit for Eclipse is Named 2009 Enterprise IT Products of the Year

“Amazon was defining the “cloud” before the term even existed, and it built its Amazon Web Services as a natural spinoff of its own infrastructure. During the past several years, Amazon has continued to refine its services, but programming for AWS hasn’t been easy—until the release of AWS Toolkit for Eclipse, that is.”

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