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Amazon Web Services Launches Amazon Simple Workflow Service

Sage Bionetworks leverages Amazon SWF in its computation platform for processing molecular and clinical datasets. “With Amazon SWF managing the state of several data analytics pipelines, the concerns of workflow execution and the coordination of the distributed systems performing the work of the pipeline, are technical issues we just don’t need to worry about,” said Dr. Michael Kellen, Director of Technology and Software Development at Sage Bionetworks. Adds Brig Mecham, Post-doctoral researcher and one of the scientists using Amazon SWF, “Amazon SWF has enabled us to build a system that gets done in days what used to take months. Of all the benefits we’ve obtained, the most important is that the service allows us to start using these data for their true purpose – identifying cures for human diseases.”

According to Thorsten von Eicken, CTO of RightScale, “Using Amazon SWF, we are able to reduce the time to market for our higher level infrastructure automation features. We are able to focus on our value-add without having to worry about the challenges that are associated with implementing a distributed workflow engine. In the end we are able to ship new features faster and don't have to concern ourselves with maintaining that engine.”

More details about the features in Amazon SWF and the benefits of building applications using Amazon SWF can be found by visiting www.aws.amazon.com/swf. The service is currently available in the US East (Virginia) Region and will be available in other AWS Regions in the coming months.

About Amazon Web Services

Launched in 2006, Amazon Web Services (AWS) began exposing key infrastructure services to businesses in the form of web services -- now widely known as cloud computing. The ultimate benefit of cloud computing, and AWS, is the ability to leverage a new business model and turn capital infrastructure expenses into variable costs. Businesses no longer need to plan and procure servers and other IT resources weeks or months in advance. Using AWS, businesses can take advantage of Amazon's expertise and economies of scale to access resources when their business needs them, delivering results faster and at a lower cost. Today, Amazon Web Services provides a highly reliable, scalable, low-cost infrastructure platform in the cloud that powers hundreds of thousands of enterprise, government and startup customers businesses in 190 countries around the world. AWS offers over 21 different services, including Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) and Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS). AWS services are available to customers from data center locations in the U.S., Brazil, Europe, Japan and Singapore.

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