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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.

Distribute Your Content With Amazon CloudFront

A few months ago I talked about our plans to create and offer a service for content delivery. That service is called Amazon CloudFront and it is ready now! Like all of our other services, CloudFront was designed with ease of use in mind from the very beginning.  There are no minimum usage commitments, no […]

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Parallel Computing With MATLAB On Amazon EC2

Update (2017) –  This blog post is here for historical purposes only.   The white paper has been superseded by the Cloud Center web application from MathWorks.“ — Jeff;   Mathworks released a whitepaper on how to run MATLAB parallel computing products – Parallel Computing Toolbox and MATLAB Distributed Computing Server on Amazon EC2. This step […]

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VholdR in Action

Earlier this year I blogged about the VholdR, a wearable camera combined with a video sharing system. VholdR is designed for people who participate in action sports such as mountain biking, snowboarding, or skiing. As noted previously, the hardware component is a small and rugged video camera suitable for use in extreme conditions — ski […]

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Upcoming Events: Training and Webinars

Some interesting webinars and training sessions are scheduled to take place in the very near future: On November 15th and 16th, Eric Hammond (maintainer of a number of great Ubuntu and Debian AMIs) will be at Bar Camp San Diego. He’s planning to talk about EC2. Admission is apparently free but you need to register […]

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2008 AWS Start-Up Challenge Finalists

We’ve narrowed down the AWS Start-Up Challenge competition to seven finalists. They’ll be coming to Seattle later this month to present their ideas to the panel of judges.They’ll also get to pitch to VCs, meet with industry leaders and Amazon executives, and will be featured at the Start-Up event on November 20th. Here are the […]

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AWS Goodies for November 6, 2008

Saurabh wrote to tell me that a new release of Bucket Explorer is ready. New features (detailed here) include a “system” bucket to track deleted files and folders, password protection of AWS credentials, a retry queue, faster uploads, upload speed throttling, support for copying and moving buckets, bucket comparison, and some bug fixes.   The […]

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Los Angeles Area AWS User Group

Update: corrected meeting location. If you are in the Los Angeles area, I wanted to let you know about the inaugural meeting of an Amazon Web Services User Group on November 13th. It will be hosted by Chris Miller at’s office in Santa Monica, and I will be there to participate in the festivities. […]

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SOASTA – Load Testing From the Cloud

I met Tom Lounibos, CEO of SOASTA, at the Palo Alto stop of the AWS Start-Up Tour. Tom gave the audience a good introduction to their CloudTest product, an on demand load testing solution which resides on and runs from Amazon EC2. Tom wrote to me last week to tell me that they are now […]

Read More for Amazon Web Services

Today at Dreamforce 2008 and Amazon Web Services announced for Amazon Web Services, which is a toolkit that makes it easy for developers to build Salesforce applications that are partly hosted on Amazon Web Services. More information is also available on our Partner Page. If you are looking for the Amazon Machine Image […]

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US National Voter Guide for Election ’08

The EC2-powered Voter Guide is a very powerful and helpful site, as well as a handy illustration of why scalable cloud computing is the perfect solution for short-term sites which have the potential to draw a lot of traffic. Designed by E-thepeople and produced in conjunction with over 100 local newspapers and TV stations, the […]

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