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Jeff Barr

Author: Jeff Barr

Jeff Barr is Chief Evangelist for AWS. He started this blog in 2004 and has been writing posts just about non-stop ever since.

Twilio – Telephony in the Cloud

Twilio founder Jeff Lawson stopped by Amazon headquarters yesterday for a show and tell session. Twilio provides a simple yet powerful way to build highly scalable telephony applications. Of course, Twilio itself runs on Amazon EC2 and stores data in Amazon S3. A Twilio application is simply a phone-activated web application. When the application’s phone […]

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JumpBox – Ready To Use Applications For EC2

I spoke with the good folks at JumpBox earlier this week. They told me that they are now supporting Amazon EC2 with a lineup of 12 public AMIs (Amazon Machine Images) containing pre-built and pre-configured open source applications. You can launch blogging tools, CRM tools, development tools, and lots more. You can follow the directions […]

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Bizo SDB Tool

Bizo is a B2B advertising network running entirely on top of AWS. They needed a GUI built on top of SimpleDB and decided to extend the Firefox plugin suite with the addition of SDB Tool. The new Bizo SDB Tool provides a nice visual interface to Amazon SimpleDB in the form of a Firefox plugin. […]

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Amazon SQS Resources

I’ve got some new resources to help you make better use of the Amazon Simple Queue Service, or SQS. First, our new Stock Quote Example shows how SQS can be used to build a scalable and reliable stock quote system. The user specifies a list of stock symbols, and the application retrieves quotes for these […]

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Architecting for the Cloud

Steve from MindTouch emailed me a while back about a really interesting write-up on how they moved their Wiki farm to Amazon EC2.Steve said that in the spirit of helping others do the same, we did a complete write up about it. The article includes an architecture diagram, but more importantly it also drills into […]

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Amazon EC2 Crosses the Atlantic

You can now launch Amazon EC2 instances in Europe! We’ve created a new region for Europe, separate and distinct from the existing region in the United States.For fault tolerance, data separation, and stability, each EC2 region is an entity unto itself; issues within one region won’t affect the other one. This means that Amazon Machine […]

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Amazon DevPay Graduates to General Availability

Amazon DevPay just transitioned from beta to general availability. If you aren’t familiar with this Amazon Web Service, Amazon DevPay is a simple-to-use online billing and account management service that makes it easy to sell applications that are built in, or run on top of, Amazon Web Services. It is designed to make On-Demand business models […]

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Oracle and AWS Webinar

Not very long ago Amazon Web Services and Oracle announced that many Oracle products are now licensed to run in the Amazon Cloud. If this interests you (and I know from emails that many of you are interested), then keep reading. On Thursday December 11,2008 at 10:00am PST (1:00pm EST) I’m going to co-host a […]

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Paging Researchers, Analysts, and Developers

Hi, I am Deepak Singh, a business development manager at Amazon Web Services. One of my areas of focus is scientific computing on AWS, and I am guest blogging today about an exciting new initiative that will bring great benefit to researchers and scientists. “Science was always about mashing up, taking one result and applying […]

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Amazon SimpleDB Grows Up

The private beta test of Amazon SimpleDB has gone really well. We’ve learned a lot during the beta and have fine-tuned the feature set in order to make sure that we are meeting the needs of current and future users. Before I delve into the details, let me get one important fact out of the […]

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