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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.

New features come to Amazon SimpleDB

Amazon SimpleDB released a new version last week. With this new version, developers will be now able sort the results and use a new does-not-start-with operator in their queries – the two most frequently asked feature requests. I am very excited about the new sort feature because now all the processing will happen in-the-cloud and […]

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WalkScore.com – Another Web Hosting Success Story

Everyday, we hear new stories about a cool new startup and its success story. Today, It was WalkScore.com. The website offers some great information about which neighborhood/city is more walkable than the rest (San francisco was #1 and Seattle was #6). Walk Score calculates the walkability of an address by locating nearby stores, restaurants, schools, […]

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Can Scanning as a Service Clean Your Desk Off?

Does your desk look like this photo? No comment on where the photo was taken, of course… There’s hope! Pixily just launched, with a business model that could be described as “NetFlix in reverse”. They offer a plan that allows you to send them one envelope per month (envelopes can contain up to 50 items) […]

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Amazon Web Services \Office Hours\

We thought of trying out a new idea. Instead of working from our Amazon offices, for a change, we will be work for few hours, every last tuesday of the month, from an offsite. We like to call it AWS Office Hours. Offsite will be at the StartPad co-working office space in Pioneer Square in […]

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Jollat – Cross-Platform AWS Manager Client

Andras wrote to tell me about Jollat, a new graphical cross-platform (Windows, Mac, and Linux) management client for Amazon EC2 and S3. Available for free download (with a purchase option), the client includes a number of interesting features. On the S3 side, Jollat handles bucket creation in both the US and EU zones, upload and […]

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Friday Wrapup…

It is finally summer here in Seattle and I’m trying to get out of the office as early as possible today. Here are a few cool things that have recently landed in my inbox: Don MacAskill wrote to tell me about his new product, SmugVault. This new service extends the existing image storage capabilities provided […]

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Wanted: AWS Architecture Blog Posts & Diagrams

From time to time, potential users of AWS ask me about the best way to set up a highly scalable architecture using Amazon EC2, S3, SimpleDB, and SQS. I’d like to challenge readers of this blog to document their AWS-powered architectures in a blog post, preferably with a diagram, and to leave comments with a […]

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GigaSpaces XAP – Now on Amazon EC2

The GigaSpaces XAP (eXtreme Application Platform) is now available as an Amazon EC2 AMI (Amazon Machine Image). At the core, XAP implements a scalable, in-memory database which can be used as a data grid, a messaging grid, or as a parallel processing framework. XAP makes it easy to scale the entire middleware layer (data, messaging, […]

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