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Category: Case Studies

Prime Day 2017 – Powered by AWS

The third annual Prime Day set another round of records for global orders, topping Black Friday and Cyber Monday, making it the biggest day in Amazon retail history. Over the course of the 30 hour event, tens of millions of Prime members purchased things like Echo Dots, Fire tablets, programmable pressure cookers, espresso machines, rechargeable […]

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How AWS Powered Amazon’s Biggest Day Ever

The second annual Prime Day was another record-breaking success for Amazon, surpassing global orders compared to Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Prime Day 2015. According to a report published by Slice Intelligence, Amazon accounted for 74% of all US consumer e-commerce on Prime Day 2016. This one-day only global shopping event, exclusively for Amazon Prime […]

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Experiment that Discovered the Higgs Boson Uses AWS to Probe Nature

My colleague Sanjay Padhi is part of the AWS Scientific Computing team. He wrote the guest post below to share the story of how AWS provided computational resources that aided in an important scientific discovery. The Higgs boson (sometimes referred to as the God Particle), responsible for providing insight into the origin of mass, was […]

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AWS at Trading Technologies

Imagine having the opportunity to rebuild a complex, legacy-filled platform from the ground up, moving it from the desktop to the cloud in the process. Imagine being able to replace a complex upgrade model that mandated the use of separate source code branches for each customer with a single, cloud-based application. Sound like a challenge? […]

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Hosting Minecraft Realms on AWS

Minecraft appears to be the gaming and visual building environment of choice for today’s youth! Pretty much everyone I know in the 8-18 age range admits to spending a lot of time in-world. The game’s outward simplicity hides an environment of considerable richness and complexity, with many interesting emergent properties. The game runs in single […]

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AWS in Action – Behind the Scenes of a Presidential Campaign

Now that the 2012 US Presidential Election is over, I’d like to take you behind the scenes and tell you a bit about the technology that powered President Obama’s successful reelection campaign! To set the stage, imagine setting up the technology infrastructure needed to power a dynamic, billion-dollar organization under strict time limits using volunteer […]

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Spotlight on Cost: TellApart

Part of our modus operandi at AWS is to help customers lower the costs of operating their infrastructure. When we are able to achieve better efficiencies in our own datacentres, we pass those savings back on to our customers. That can come in the form of price reductions, or in a variety of payment models. […]

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NASA and AWS – Curiosity has Landed!

If you are like me, you spent this past Sunday afternoon looking forward to the landing of the Curiosity rover on Mars. I was able to wrest the remote control away from my family and change to NASA TV in time to watch through the aptly named “seven minutes of terror” as Curiosity performed an […]

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