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The quiet surge by AWS

IT Services Ben Sullivan

11:32, June 30 2014


Other web services companies are available but Amazon's customer base expands relentlessly

Just how big is Amazon Web Services? The cloud computing platform from online retail giant Amazon.com is just one of a multitude of web service offerings to choose from. We went to look for some of its customers and explore what they used it for.



NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), a HQ for the robotic exploration of space, has sent a robot to every planet in the solar system. One of its most famous interplanetary missions, the Mars Curiosity Rover, landed on Mars on August 5 2012.

For this very public event NASA said that AWS delivered the images and video of Curiosity's landing from the Pasadena HQ of NASA/JPL to the rest of the world.

Amazon Route 53 and Elastic Load Balancers (ELB) enabled NASA/JPL to balance the load across AWS regions.

NASA/JPL serviced hundreds of gigabits/second of traffic for hundreds of thousands of concurrent viewers.

NASA used Amazon Simple Workflow Service (Amazon SWF) to copy the images from Mars to Amazon S3. Metadata is stored in Amazon SimpleDB and Amazon SWF triggers provisioning of Amazon EC2 instances to process images as each transmission from Curiosity is relayed to Earth.


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