Thursday, April 30, 2009

Amazon to offer free cloud services to academics

AWS in Education provides a set of programs that enable the worldwide academic community to easily leverage the benefits of Amazon Web Services for teaching and research. With AWS in Education, educators, academic researchers, and students can apply to obtain free usage credits to tap into the on-demand infrastructure of Amazon Web Services to teach advanced courses, tackle research endeavors and explore new projects – tasks that previously would have required expensive up-front and ongoing investments in infrastructure.

Amazon is inviting students, educators and researchers to apply for grants that will give them free access to the company's hosted computing services. The company expects to dole out up to $1 million per year worth of services, depending on the quality of the applications, it said.

Amazon services available to people applying for the teaching grants include the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud, Simple Storage Service, SimpleDB database service, Amazon Simple Queue Service, the CloudFront content delivery service, and Elastic MapReduce for processing large amounts of data.

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