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Amazon Web Services Launches AWS OpsWorks

Amazon Web Services Inc., an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ: AMZN), today launched AWS OpsWorks, an application management solution for the complete lifecycle of complex applications, including resource provisioning, configuration management, deployment, monitoring, and access control. With a few clicks in the AWS Management Console, AWS OpsWorks enables developers to orchestrate all tasks required to model, deploy, scale, and maintain their applications. To learn more about OpsWorks, visit http://aws.amazon.com/opsworks.

Application management traditionally has been complex and time consuming. Developers had to choose among application management solutions that reduced flexibility and control, or required custom tooling. AWS OpsWorks is designed to eliminate these challenges by providing a flexible, automated, and end-to-end solution:

  • Flexible – AWS OpsWorks supports a wide variety of application architectures and any software with a scripted installation. Because AWS OpsWorks uses the Chef framework, developers can use existing recipes or leverage hundreds of community-built configurations.
  • Automated – AWS OpsWorks uses automation to simplify operations. Users can leverage its event-driven configuration system and rich deployment tools to efficiently manage an application over its lifetime. AWS OpsWorks supports customizable deployments, rollback, patch management, auto scaling, and auto healing. Application updates can be deployed by updating a single configuration and clicking a button, reducing the time spent on routine tasks.
  • Operational Control – AWS OpsWorks promotes conventions and sane defaults, such as template security groups. It also supports the ability to customize any aspect of an application’s configuration. Developers can reproduce exact configurations on new instances and apply changes to all instances, ensuring consistency.

“As our customers run more and more applications on AWS they are asking for more sophisticated tools to manage their AWS resources and automate how they deploy applications,” said Scott Wiltamuth, Vice President of Developer Productivity & Tools, AWS. “Two years ago we launched AWS Elastic Beanstalk, enabling developers to quickly deploy and manage their applications in the AWS cloud. We followed that with the launch of AWS CloudFormation, providing customers an easy way to create a collection of related AWS resources and provision them in an orderly and predictable fashion. And now, with the launch of AWS OpsWorks, we’re providing customers with a new application management solution to automate the entire lifecycle – provisioning, deployment, configuration management, monitoring, and access control.”

Wooga is a leading developer of social games for web and mobile. “AWS OpsWorks gives us the tools we need to automate operations. We can scale Monster World, one of the largest Facebook games, to millions of users without ever needing more than two backend developers,” said Jesper Richter-Reichhelm, Head of Engineering at Wooga. “With AWS OpsWorks, we can make decisions very quickly with the knowledge that our application will be consistently configured and managed. Our teams can decide which servers we need, and how many we need, in a very short timeframe.”

Crashlytics offers performance analytics solutions to mobile app developers. “Crashlytics uses AWS OpsWorks to support the rapid growth of our mobile crash reporting solution that many of the world's top apps rely upon,” said Jeff Seibert, co-founder of Crashlytics. “In little more than a year, we’ve scaled to support the load from hundreds of millions of mobile devices. With AWS OpsWorks, we can focus on the development and growth of our service and not spend developer cycles on infrastructure and operational tasks.”

There is no additional charge for AWS OpsWorks – customers only pay for the AWS resources needed to store and run their applications. AWS OpsWorks is available in all public AWS Regions. To get started with AWS OpsWorks, visit: http://aws.amazon.com/opsworks.

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 30 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, Singapore, and Australia.

About Amazon.com

Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN), a Fortune 500 company based in Seattle, opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995 and today offers Earth’s Biggest Selection. Amazon.com, Inc. seeks to be Earth’s most customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything they might want to buy online, and endeavors to offer its customers the lowest possible prices. Amazon.com and other sellers offer millions of unique new, refurbished and used items in categories such as Books; Movies, Music & Games; Digital Downloads; Electronics & Computers; Home & Garden; Toys, Kids & Baby; Grocery; Apparel, Shoes & Jewelry; Health & Beauty; Sports & Outdoors; and Tools, Auto & Industrial. Amazon Web Services provides Amazon’s developer customers with access to in-the-cloud infrastructure services based on Amazon’s own back-end technology platform, which developers can use to enable virtually any type of business. Kindle Paperwhite is the most-advanced e-reader ever constructed with 62% more pixels and 25% increased contrast, a patented built-in front light for reading in all lighting conditions, extra-long battery life, and a thin and light design. The new latest generation Kindle, the lightest and smallest Kindle, now features new, improved fonts and faster page turns. Kindle Fire HD features a stunning custom high-definition display, exclusive Dolby audio with dual stereo speakers, high-end, laptop-grade Wi-Fi with dual-band support, dual-antennas and MIMO for faster streaming and downloads, enough storage for HD content, and the latest generation processor and graphics engine—and it is available in two display sizes—7” and 8.9”. The large-screen Kindle Fire HD is also available with 4G wireless, and comes with a groundbreaking $49.99 introductory 4G LTE data package. The all-new Kindle Fire features a 20% faster processor, 40% faster performance, twice the memory, and longer battery life.

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Forward-Looking Statements

This announcement contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Actual results may differ significantly from management's expectations. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that include, among others, risks related to competition, management of growth, new products, services and technologies, potential fluctuations in operating results, international expansion, outcomes of legal proceedings and claims, fulfillment and data center optimization, seasonality, commercial agreements, acquisitions and strategic transactions, foreign exchange rates, system interruption, inventory, government regulation and taxation, payments and fraud. More information about factors that potentially could affect Amazon.com's financial results is included in Amazon.com's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent filings.

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