October 20, 2016, by Aleisha Turner
Exploring the cloud with Amazon
Earlier this month, Information Services (IS) hosted a one day event in collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS) where delegates explored Amazon’s cloud services offering for research institutions through a series of interactive sessions.
The event was organised by IS with a keynote address by Brendan Bouffler (AWS). Over 30 academic colleagues from the University of Nottingham and other regional organisations attended. The opening session focused on the history of AWS, from its creation in 2006 to the present day, with projected European expansion to four data centres housing 80,000 servers each by early 2017.
AWS have helped to progress research in NASA’s jet propulsion lab and Fermilab which is run by the US Department of Energy. Mr Bouffler explained that the future focus of AWS is to revolutionise the way the world computes. Their ultimate aim is to lower the cost of ‘doing something new’ by using ‘elastically expandable’ cloud systems and hourly pricing models for efficiency.
The Immersion Day also included sessions on the AWS Educate programme which provides curriculum resources aimed at ‘accelerating cloud-related learning’ and ‘helping students prepare for a cloud-enabled workplace’.