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AWS 101: What is Amazon Web Services and how is Amazon's Cloud used in Science and Education

By Steve Elliot (presenter)

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Amazon Web Services is used by over 1 million customers and 4500 different academic institutions around the globe. AWS users leverage Amazon’s cloud for everything from mission critical space operations to launching new business and social apps or running large compute jobs across thousands of cores. AWS 101 will teach you about AWS, the various infrastructure and cloud services available in Amazon’s cloud and how they impact science, research and higher education.



Steve Elliott

A geographer by education, Steve spent the past 10 years working with universities and state & local governments on adopting Amazon Web Services’ cloud platform and cloud-based Geographic Information Systems. Steve joined AWS in early 2012 and works with universities on integrating AWS into their Enterprise IT portfolio, delivering AWS as-a-Service and supporting researchers use of AWS across a variety of scientific disciplines. Prior to AWS he worked at esri, the world’s leading provider of GIS software and graduated with a degree in Geography from Ohio Wesleyan University. Steve lives outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, tries to spend as much time as possible with his family and is generally drawn towards anything related to earth sciences, cloud and Philadelphia sports teams.

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