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Parkinson’s disease (PD) — a neurodegenerative disorder that affects movement, cognition, mood and autonomic function — affects an estimated 5 million people worldwide. Because symptoms vary from individual to individual, research into the disease is further complicated by the lack of objective data. As is typical of many applications used for clinical research, the collection, storage, and analysis of data is complex, expensive, and time-consuming. The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF) supported Intel to build a big data analytics platform with AWS’s infrastructure, using Hadoop and other IoT technologies. The platform collects and processes large stream of sensor data from smartphones and wearable devices, and will make this data available to researchers for analysis. Learn more »


  • Government

    By migrating to AWS, FINRA—the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority—has created a flexible platform that can adapt to changing market dynamics while providing its analysts with the tools to interactively query multi-petabyte data sets. FINRA, one of the largest independent securities regulators in the United States, was established to monitor and regulate financial trading practices. To respond to rapidly changing market dynamics, FINRA moved about 75 percent of its operations to Amazon Web Services, using AWS to capture, analyze, and store a daily influx of 75 billion records. The company estimates it will save up to $20 million annually by using AWS instead of a physical data center infrastructure.

    By using AWS, Corte dei conti is transforming the way its employees work, with flexible, secure access to applications from anywhere, on any device. The organization has judicial and administrative responsibility for the accounts and budgets of all public institutions in Italy. It’s delivering virtual desktops on its Citrix-based platform through AWS, using Amazon WorkSpaces and Amazon EC2.  

    New York Public Library (NYPL) revamped its fractured IT environment—which had older technology and legacy computing—to a modernized platform on AWS. The New York Public Library is a provider of free books, information, ideas, and education for more than 17 million patrons a year. Using Amazon EC2, Elastic Load Balancing, Amazon RDS and Auto Scaling, NYPL is able to build scalable, repeatable systems quickly at a fraction of the cost.

    By moving to the AWS Cloud, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) can use technology to enhance the effectiveness and fairness of the services it provides to British citizens. The MoJ is a ministerial department of the UK government. MoJ had its own on-premises data center, but lacked the ability to change and adapt rapidly to needs of the citizens. As more digital services were created, MoJ turned to AWS to automate, consolidate, and deliver constituent services. By using AWS like Amazon EC2, Amazon S3, and Route 53, MoJ has been able to use technology as an enabler for justice to be fair and more effective.

    Using AWS Snowmobile, DigitalGlobe is able to deliver petabytes of data in weeks instead of months while saving on costs, allowing the company to deliver data to its customers in the shortest possible amount of time. DigitalGlobe is one of the world’s leading providers of high-resolution Earth imagery, data and analysis. The company uses AWS Snowmobile to move up to 70 petabytes of archive data to the cloud, allowing it to move away from large file transfer protocols and delivery workflows. Watch the video to learn more.

  • Education

    Ellucian uses AWS for a global, scalable, highly secure and innovative platform to hosts its applications to better serve its higher education customers in more than 20 countries around the world. Ellucian provides applications for higher education institutions. Ellucian’s use of AWS, its expansive application footprint, and large user base allows universities to scale up during peak registration times and then scale down to saves costs and resources, delivering a better customer experience.

    University of Maryland, College Park uses the AWS Cloud to create a stable, secure and modern technical environment for its students and staff while ensuring compliance. The University of Maryland is a public research university located in the city of College Park, Maryland, and is the flagship institution of the University System of Maryland. The university is using AWS to migrate all of its datacenters to the cloud, as well as Amazon WorkSpaces to give students access to software anytime, anywhere and with any device.

    The Guttman Lab at the California Institute of Technology uses an AWS-based high-performance computing (HPC) cluster to quickly add new compute nodes, analyze genomic sequencing data in days instead of weeks, and easily manage cluster access credentials. Led by Dr. Mitch Guttman, the Guttman Lab is a Pasadena, California–based research laboratory specializing in the study of large noncoding RNA genes. The lab runs its growing HPC cluster on AWS, using Amazon Virtual Private Cloud to launch resources in a defined network and Amazon WorkSpaces and Simple AD to manage access.  

    Open Universities Australia (OUA) provides distance education and online courses to students in Australia and other countries. OUA’s collocated data center could not deliver the scalability to support planned growth and diversification with the required cost efficiencies, so the business moved its websites and business applications into AWS. This has enabled OUA to reduce the time required to deliver changes to production from three months to less than two hours, cut costs by up to AU$1 million (US$726,850) over two years, and improve the performance of websites by up to 20 percent.  

  • Nonprofits

    Using AWS, Change.org can develop and deploy new features faster, it has reduced test build times from one hour to 15 minutes, and it can easily scale to support website traffic spikes. Change.org is the world’s largest and fastest growing social-change platform, with more than 125 million users in 196 countries starting campaigns and mobilizing support for local causes and global issues. The organization runs its website and business intelligence cluster on AWS, and it runs its continuous integration and testing on Solano CI, an AWS-based solution from AWS Partner Network (APN) Advanced Technology Partner Solano Labs.  

    Using AWS has enabled the International Rice Research Institute and other partners to cut technology infrastructure costs by 30 percent, achieve 99.999 percent availability, and deliver specialized test environments in two hours. International Rice Research Institute develops rice varieties that can withstand drought, flooding, disease, and other potentially damaging events. The organization has collaborated with nine other members of the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research to run an integrated enterprise resource planning system on AWS.

    MPAC runs its core property valuation engine 5,000 percent faster at one-tenth the cost using AWS instead of its older IT architecture. MPAC—the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation—is a public sector organization responsible for providing valuations for more than 5 million properties across Canada. The company moved from its traditional IT architecture to be more responsive and agile in serving its customers.

    Deborah W. Brooks, Co-Founder & Executive Vice Chairman, The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research shares how MJFF uses the cloud to help fight Parkinson’s Disease at the 2016 AWS Public Sector Summit in Washington, DC.  

    Stephanie von Friedeburg - Group Chief Information Officer and Vice President, Information and Technology Solutions - World Bank talks about their transition to the cloud.  

    Thorn: Digital Defenders of Children is a nonprofit organization dedicated to driving technology innovation to fight child trafficking. Technological innovation can mean rapid intervention in situations that threaten lives. Learn how AWS allows them to experiment and scale to get the tools in the hands of those who can deploy it across the country and internationally to save lives and protect children.  



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