Businesses are running Web Applications in the AWS Cloud to lower costs, deploy applications faster and easily scale. AWS customers are using our globally distributed infrastructure to run a variety of Web Applications, everything from small blogs and marketing websites to large, global Web Applications that serve millions of users a day. Using AWS, businesses no longer need to acquire and provision expensive machines for a Web Application that has peaks in usage or based on predicated demand. With low, pay-as-you-go pricing, infrastructure costs turn into variable expenses and can be aligned to application usage.

Using AWS, gaming companies across the globe are running their mobile, social and browser-based games in the cloud to rapidly scale and lower costs. Some of the world’s most popular games, including 8 of the top 10 Facebook games, are running on AWS. These gaming companies are able to quickly launch new games and respond to customer demand by having access to 1000s of virtual servers in minutes.

Businesses with photo, video and file storage applications are using the AWS Cloud for data storage and delivery. Specifically, businesses are using AWS’s object storage service, Amazon S3. Amazon S3 stores hundreds of billions of objects and is built to store and retrieve any amount of data, at any time, from anywhere on the web. Amazon S3 is designed to provide 99.999999999% durability and 99.99% availability. With low, pay-as-you-go pricing, businesses only pay for the storage and bandwidth they use and can further reduce costs with tiered pricing by volume.

AWS offers a reliable and secure cloud infrastructure platform that enables businesses to quickly deploy and run enterprise applications. Customers are using AWS to run all types of enterprise applications, from small departmental solutions to mission-critical applications that automate company-wide business processes. IT departments can build secure and compliant environments in the AWS Cloud to run enterprise applications, including certified software from Oracle, SAP, Microsoft and IBM.

Hosting Oracle-based solutions on the AWS Cloud enables businesses to use proven database and middleware solutions on a scalable cloud computing platform. Together, AWS and Oracle provide businesses with a scalable, reliable, and cost-effective business application platform. Businesses can now license Oracle Database 11g, Oracle Fusion Middleware, and Oracle Enterprise Manager in the AWS Cloud and Oracle customers can use their existing software licenses with no additional license fees.

Businesses can now deploy SAP solutions on SAP Certified Amazon EC2 instances in production and non-production environments. Running SAP on AWS allows businesses to use their existing software licenses with no additional licensing fees, improve time-to-market and simplify infrastructure management. Businesses can get started with confidence knowing that SAP and AWS have tested the performance of the underlying AWS resources and SAP has verified their performance and certified them with similar standards they apply to servers and virtual platforms.

Businesses can take advantage of Microsoft’s License Mobility through Software Assurance which allows businesses to more easily move current on-premises Microsoft Server application workloads to the AWS Cloud, without any additional Microsoft software license fees. Eligible products include Microsoft SharePoint Server, Microsoft SQL Server Standard Edition, Microsoft SQL Server Enterprise Edition, Microsoft Lync Server, Microsoft System Center Server, and Microsoft Dynamics CRM Server.

AWS provides scalable infrastructure solutions that businesses can use to cost-effectively store, mine, manipulate and analyze large data sets, aptly termed Big Data. Instead of spending time and resources managing this data, businesses can leverage AWS services, like Amazon Elastic MapReduce, and shift their focus making data-driven business-critical decisions. Today, customers are using the AWS Cloud for Big Data projects such as analyzing web logs, analyzing financial services data, and mapping genomes.

AWS is helping scientists and engineers solve complex science, engineering and business problems using High Performance Computing. Instead of waiting in long queues, scientists and engineers can access Amazon EC2 Cluster instances to expedite their HPC workloads and save money. Today, AWS customers run a variety of HPC applications on these instances including Computer Aided Engineering, molecular modeling, genome analysis, and numerical modeling across many industries including Biopharma, Oil and Gas, Financial Services, Manufacturing and Academic Researchers.

Businesses of all sizes are using cloud computing to enable faster disaster recovery of their critical IT systems, without incurring the expenses required to purchase and maintain a second physical datacenter. AWS provides a set of services that enable rapid recovery of your IT infrastructure and data, any time and from anywhere.

Using the AWS Cloud for archiving allows businesses to quickly recover business-critical data, while lowering overall costs. AWS uses disk-based storage to deliver fast search and retrieval of data which helps customers recover archived objects in seconds, rather than days or weeks with traditional tape-based archives. Plus, since data is stored in the Cloud, it is instantly available and companies in regulated industries can easily comply with eDiscovery requests.

Businesses are able to leverage the scalable, reliable storage capabilities of the AWS Cloud to store their growing volumes of data. Using AWS, businesses no longer have to worry about data management complexity and costs, they can store and retrieve any amount of data, at any time, from anywhere on the web. Plus, with low, pay-as-you-go pricing, businesses only pay for the storage and bandwidth they use and can further reduce costs with tiered pricing by volume.

AWS offers federal government agencies a secure, reliable, and cost-effective computing platform in the Cloud. By using AWS services, government organizations can focus on meeting their mission-critical objectives and spend less time procuring, developing, or managing IT resources.

Educational institutions are leveraging AWS to deliver advanced courses, tackle research endeavors, and explore new IT projects using Cloud-based infrastructure services. The AWS in Education Program allows educators, academic researchers, and students to obtain free usage credits to tap into the on-demand infrastructure of the AWS Cloud.