AWS News Blog

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.

Avoiding a Success Disaster

For a while I have been using the term “success disaster” to characterize what can happen on the web all too easily. What’s a success disaster? You put up a piece of content somewhere and you get ready to handle a reasonable number of downloads. Being the creative person that you are, however, links to […]

Read More

Size Does NOT Matter!

Size does not matter anymore! zSlide, privately held company in France, just released a new “express” feature in its service. is simple P2P-based email service that enables anyone to send and receive e-mails with attachments up to 2GB. 2GB!! did you read that?!. Wow! Last I knew, Internet world changed when email giants […]

Read More

And This Too…

Jon Boutelle, CTO of (previously featured here) sent me some cool comments that just happen to reinforce the Web-Scale message I’ve been talking about recently. Here’s what he had to say (links are mine): The dedicated hardware we were initially considering would have cost $1000 to startup, and $800/month in ongoing costs. Most importantly, […]

Read More

This is Web-Scale…

There’s a really interesting post over on the Texas Startup Blog. Here are some tidbits: “The Amazon web services products (Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud – EC2 and Amazon S3) are built for the little guy AND the big guy.” Yes, absolutely. And let’s not forget the little guys who want to become big guys — […]

Read More

Flowser – Graphical Amazon Browser

Important Update: There seems to be some confusion about the creator of Flowser – I’ve seen a couple of blog posts which claimed that Amazon created it. In fact, a creative member of our developer community created it and he deserves all of the credit!   This past weekend I snuck a peak at the […]

Read More

Linden Lab: Amazon S3 For The Win

Woke up this morning to find an awesome post from Linden Lab, creator and operator of Second Life. In an article titled “Amazon S3 For The Win,” developer Jeff Linden describes how they used Amazon S3 to buffer the crushing blow of downloads that they had previously suffered every two weeks when they released a […]

Read More

This guy really likes the Mechanical Turk

Ok readers, let’s make this guy a star: Of course, this video was itself the product of a Mechanical Turk HIT that paid $8 to the star. If you would like to star in a video of your own, there are some $10 “Make a 5 Minute Movie” HITs in there right now (that link […]

Read More

Slideshare – Upload and Share Slideshows

This has been the pseudocode for my day so far: while (Cool AWS Stuff In Inbox){    Read About It    Visit It    Take A Picture    Blog About It    Delete Email} Today’s newest find is,  a site for storing and sharing slide shows, powered by Amazon S3. The slides are served […]

Read More