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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.

Two Good Podcasts

I hardly ever listen to broadcast radio in my car anymore. Instead, I subscribe to a whole bunch of podcasts, some technical, some fun, and others educational. Here are two episodes which should be of interest to anyone who reads this blog: The Mashable Podcast interviews Michael Crandell, CEO of RightScale. Michael talks about their […]

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Friday Lunch Meetup in New York

I’ll be in New York this coming Friday, the second leg of a trip to Washington, DC and New York. Via Twitter, Tristan Louis suggested a lunch meetup and I was happy to oblige. We’ll be meeting at the Union Square Coffee Shop at 12:30 on Friday the 2nd of May and you are welcome […]

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Amazon Web Services in Japan and India

My last trip to India was in the pleasant winter and it was packed with action. I met with Wipro, Infosys, Patni, Accenture, Symphony and various other small and large companies. It was 14-day 5-city tour with stops in Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi, Chennai and Hyderabad. Met a lot of people and made tons of new […]

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Animoto – Scaling Through Viral Growth

Animoto is a very neat Amazon-powered application. Built on top of Amazon EC2, S3, and SQS, the site allows you to upload a series of images. It then generates a unique, attractive, and entertaining music video using your own music or something selected from the royalty-free library on the site. Last week I spoke to […]

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May We Help You?

From the very beginning, we’ve always wanted to make sure that developers had all of the formal and informal support needed to build and to run their applications. At first the task of monitoring the AWS Forums was a rotating part-time assignment. Members of the Amazon Web Services team would be tasked with checking the […]

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The Service Health Dashboard

We now have a Service Health Dashboard available at The dashboard provides access to current status and historical data about each and every Amazon Web Service. Here’s what the current status looks like: If there’s a problem with a service, you’ll be able to expand the appropriate line in the Details section. You can […]

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Assay Depot

Assay Depot is an online marketplace for pharmaceutical research services. After I saw a mention of EC2 on their blog I sent them a quick note so that I could learn a bit more about what they are doing. Chris Peterson, Assay Depot’s CIO, was kind enough to take some time away from his sunny […]

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Storage Space, The Final Frontier

Developers who have found our cloud computing model attractive have been asking us to be a little bit more open about what we are planning to do in the future. To date we’ve simply announced new additions to the Amazon Web Services lineup, with immediate beta availability at the time of announcement. Earlier this year […]

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