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

    Posted On: Dec 11, 2009

    “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.”

  • eWeek: Amazon Launches Relational Database for the Cloud

    Posted On: Oct 27, 2009

    “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.”

  • ComputerWorldUK: Amazon Web Services Is Addressing Enterprises' Top Issues

    Posted On: Aug 27, 2009

    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.”

  • NPR: Mechanical Turk Interview

    Posted On: Jun 30, 2009

    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.

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

    Posted On: Jun 29, 2009

    “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.

  • TechFlash: Interview with Sharon Chiarella of Mechanical Turk

    Posted On: Jun 26, 2009

    “Sharon Chiarella is vice president of Amazon Mechanical Turk, Amazon.com’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.”

  • Silicon.com: Amazon spreading its wings in the cloud

    Posted On: May 5, 2009

    “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 silicon.com: “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.”

  • WSJ: Free Rides for Students on Amazon’s Cloud

    Posted On: Apr 29, 2009

    “Amazon.com 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.”

  • Portfolio: The Future of Cloud Computing

    Posted On: Mar 9, 2009

    “Portfolio.com 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 Amazon.com’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.”

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

    Posted On: Mar 4, 2009

    “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 (www.mturk.com), a Web service run by Amazon.com Inc., pays workers to perform tasks, such as cataloging products online.”

  • IBM Apps Now Running on Amazon’s EC2 Cloud

    Posted On: Feb 12, 2009

    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.”

  • PCWorld: New IPhone Apps Let You Control Amazon Cloud Services

    Posted On: Feb 12, 2009

    “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”

  • eWeek: Amazon SimpleDB a Solid Choice

    Posted On: Feb 5, 2009

    “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.”

  • Inc.: Is Cloud Computing Right For Your Company?

    Posted On: Jan 17, 2009

    “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.

  • Cloud Computing Begins to Gain Traction on Wall Street

    Posted On: Jan 6, 2009

    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.”

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

    Posted On: Jan 5, 2009

    NetworkWorld: “Amazon adds new S3 twist: Make people pay to access your data. Amazon.com 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.”

  • InformationWeek names Amazon CTO Werner Vogels Chief of the Year

    Posted On: Jan 5, 2009

    “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.”