AWS Greengrass now available to all customers

  • Annapurna, BSquare, Canonical, Digi International, Intel, Lenovo, Mongoose, Qualcomm Technologies, Raspberry Pi, Samsung, Technicolor, and Wistron join growing list of partners and OEMs bringing AWS Greengrass to connected devices
  • Customers including Enel, Konecranes, Nokia, Pentair, Rio Tinto, and Stanley Black & Decker, are using AWS Greengrass for Industrial IoT

SEATTLE, 2017-Jun-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (Jun. 7, 2017), Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ: AMZN), announced that AWS Greengrass, software which allows customers to run AWS compute, messaging, data caching, and sync capabilities on connected devices, is now available to all customers. With AWS Greengrass, devices can run AWS Lambda functions to perform tasks locally, keep device data in sync, and communicate with other devices while leveraging the full processing, analytics, and storage power of the AWS Cloud. More than a dozen AWS partners, including Annapurna, BSquare, Canonical, Digi International, Intel, Lenovo, Mongoose, Qualcomm Technologies, Raspberry Pi, Samsung, Technicolor and Wistron are integrating AWS Greengrass into their platforms so devices will come with AWS Greengrass built-in. To get started with AWS Greengrass, visit https://aws.amazon.com/greengrass/.

With the proliferation of IoT devices, enterprises are increasingly managing infrastructure that is not located in a data center, such as connected devices in factories, oil wells, agricultural fields, hospitals, cars, and various other venues. Because these devices often have limited processing power and memory, many rely heavily on AWS and the cloud for processing, analytics, and storage. However, there are circumstances when relying exclusively on the cloud isn’t optimal due to latency requirements or intermittent connectivity that make a round trip to the cloud unfeasible. In these situations, IoT devices must be able to perform some tasks locally. Programming and updating software functionality on IoT devices is challenging and complex. Relatively few developers have the expertise to update these embedded systems, and even fewer can do so without creating unwanted downtime.

AWS Greengrass eliminates the complexity involved in programming and updating IoT devices by allowing customers to use AWS Lambda to run code locally on connected devices in the same way they do on the AWS Cloud. With AWS Greengrass, developers can add AWS Lambda functions to connected devices right from the AWS Management Console, and devices can execute the code locally, responding to events and taking actions in near real-time. AWS Greengrass also includes AWS IoT messaging and synching capabilities so devices can send messages to other devices without connecting back to the cloud. AWS Greengrass allows customers the flexibility to have devices rely on the cloud when it makes sense, perform tasks on their own when it makes sense, and talk to each other when it makes sense – all in a single, seamless environment.

“Many of the world’s largest IoT implementations run on AWS, and customers across industries – from energy, to mining, to media and entertainment – have asked us whether we could extend AWS’s industry leading cloud capabilities to the edge,” said Dirk Didascalou, Vice President of IoT at AWS. “By embedding AWS Lambda and AWS IoT capabilities in connected devices, AWS Greengrass gives customers the flexibility to have devices act locally on the data they generate while using the AWS Cloud for management, analytics, and storage – all using a single, familiar AWS programming model. We are excited to make AWS Greengrass available to all AWS customers, and with AWS partners shipping AWS Greengrass-capable devices it is now incredibly easy to build and run IoT applications that seamlessly span devices on the edge and in the AWS Cloud.”

The multinational power company Enel is the largest utility in Europe in terms of market capitalization and has the largest customer base among its European peers with over 65 million customers worldwide. “Connected devices improve all aspects of our daily lives, from the smart meters in our homes that help us save energy, to the black boxes in our cars that show us how we’re driving, to the stoplights with sensors that monitor traffic,” said Fabio Veronese, Head of Infrastructure and Technological Services at Enel. “Enel is building AWS Greengrass-enabled smart gateways for the home and industrial gateways for our power generation sites, where AWS Greengrass will allow us to process and act on large volumes of data with sub-millisecond latency.”

Finland-based Konecranes is a world-leading group of Lifting Businesses, serving a broad range of customers, including manufacturing and process industries, shipyards, ports, and terminals. “Konecranes is leading the way in industrial internet of things with over 15,000 connected cranes and thousands more on the way this year,” said Juha Pankakoski, Executive Vice President of Technologies at Konecranes. “We have already been using AWS IoT to build Truconnect, a digital crane platform, and the addition of AWS Greengrass will help us take the development to the edge. We see AWS Greengrass as the enabler for a new set of digital services, allowing us to program and deliver software to equipment in a secure manner and without risking operational safety. This supports well our aim to build the next generation of lifting as the leading technology company in our industry.”

Pentair plc is a global company dedicated to building a safer, more sustainable world through industry- leading products, services, and solutions that help people make the best use of the resources they rely on most. “Some of Pentair’s aquaculture customers are located in remote geographies with unreliable internet connections, and industry regulations restrict which data points can leave their physical premises,” said Phil Rolchigo, Vice President of Technology at Pentair. “AWS Greengrass will enable our devices to behave consistently no matter the level of connectivity in their operating environment, while allowing us to take advantage of the AWS Cloud for machine learning and big data analytics.”

Rio Tinto is a leading global mining group that focuses on finding, mining, and processing the Earth’s mineral resources. “Rio Tinto operates mining equipment in some of the most extreme environments on earth, where connectivity can be unreliable and road conditions can cause production delays, equipment damage, and potentially put people at risk,” said Brian Oldham, Vice President of Industrial and Operational Technology at Rio Tinto. “AWS Greengrass allows us to measure road roughness and process the data locally to make our haul trucks operate more safely and efficiently, regardless of network coverage. We saw results from equipment in the field only two weeks after deploying the service, and the potential value it can bring to our operations. We’re evaluating additional use cases for AWS Greengrass in other areas.”

Stanley Black & Decker’s Digital Accelerator is the company’s innovation arm in charge of infusing digital capabilities across all products, process, and business models. “Stanley Black & Decker’s Digital Accelerator has selected AWS Greengrass as one of the standards for edge computing and edge analytics across our entire portfolio of products,” said Yasir Qureshi, Director, IoT Platform and Digital Architecture atStanley Black & Decker. “AWS Greengrass improves the efficiency of our tools by eliminating the latency of transmitting the data to the cloud and instead processing breaking and maintenance data locally for improved jobsite productivity. Additionally, the single programming model between the AWS Cloud and local devices enables us to significantly shorten our development lifecycle and make our equipment smarter and faster.”

Ecosystem support for AWS Greengrass

Canonical produces Ubuntu and offers commercial services for Ubuntu’s users. “AWS Greengrass will enable more customers and developers to realize the benefit of processing and analyzing data at the edge,” said Mike Bell, Executive Vice President, IoT and Devices at Canonical. “By distributing and installing AWS Greengrass as a snap, the universal Linux packaging format, developers can reduce the time and complexity of building smart edge solutions across new and existing hardware. Using snaps, manufacturers will not only find it easier to build IoT devices, but to monetize smart developer solutions running on the AWS IoT platform.”

Intel, the world leader in silicon innovation, develops technologies, products and initiatives to continually advance how people work and live. “Many IoT use cases demand a distributed computing architecture at the edge, close to where the data is generated,” said Jonathan Ballon, Vice President, Internet of Things Group at Intel. “AWS Greengrass running on Intel technology delivers a secure, intelligent edge that allows developers to easily create new applications from edge to cloud.”

The Raspberry Pi Foundation provides low-cost, high-performance computers that people use to learn, solve problems, and have fun. “Raspberry Pi is part of a movement of organizations and individuals that share a common goal: Empowering people to shape their world through digital technologies,” said David Thompson, Director of Web Services at the Raspberry Pi Foundation. “AWS Greengrass extends the capabilities of the AWS Cloud to the Raspberry Pi, making it easier than ever for anyone to build the next great connected product.”

Qualcomm Technologies pioneered 3G and 4G – and is now leading the way to 5G and a new era of intelligent, connected devices, including automotive, computing, IoT, healthcare, and data center. “The next generation of IoT devices and gateways depends on high-performance edge capabilities tightly integrated with the cloud,” said Jeffery Torrance, Vice President of Business Development at Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.”Developers and manufacturers can use AWS Greengrass to take greater advantage of the connectivity, compute, and security capabilities delivered by Qualcomm Technologies’ system-on-chip platforms to build edge solutions that tap into the power of AWS IoT. Thanks to our strong work with AWS, prototyping and developing on Qualcomm Technologies’ platforms using AWS Greengrass can start today.”

About Amazon Web Services

For 11 years, Amazon Web Services has been the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform. AWS offers over 90 fully featured services for compute, storage, networking, database, analytics, application services, deployment, management, developer, mobile, Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), security, hybrid, and enterprise applications, from 42 Availability Zones (AZs) across 16 geographic regions in the U.S., Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and the UK. AWS services are trusted by millions of active customers around the world – including the fastest growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies – to power their infrastructure, make them more agile, and lower costs. To learn more about AWS, visit https://aws.amazon.com.

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Amazon Web Services announces availability of the US East (Ohio) Region

SEATTLE, 2016-Oct-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ:AMZN), today (Oct. 17, 2016) announced the availability of the US East (Ohio) Region to customers looking to build their businesses and run applications on infrastructure on the AWS Cloud. Along with US East (N. Virginia), the US East (Ohio) Region provides low latency across the eastern and central United States (US). With this launch, AWS now provides 38 Availability Zones across 14 technology infrastructure regions globally. In the United States alone, AWS now has 16 Availability Zones across five regions. AWS has announced that another nine Availability Zones and four regions in Canada, the UK, France, and China are planned to come online in the coming months. Starting today, developers, startups, enterprises, government agencies, and non-profit organizations around the world can sign up and get started using the US East (Ohio) Region at: http://aws.amazon.com.

For more than a decade, AWS has changed the way organizations acquire technology infrastructure. AWS customers are not required to make any up-front financial or long-term commitments. They can turn capital expense into variable operating expense, scale quickly and seamlessly by adding or shedding resources at any time, get to market much more quickly with new and critical ideas, and free up scarce engineering resources from the undifferentiated heavy lifting of running backend infrastructure—all without sacrificing operational performance, reliability, or security. This has led to more than a million customers adopting the AWS Cloud in over 190 countries around the world.

“Our customers tell us that by running their applications in the AWS Cloud, they are able to move faster, operate more securely, and save substantial costs–all while leveraging the scale and performance of AWS,” said Peter DeSantis, Vice President, Infrastructure at AWS. “Now with five highly scalable regions across the United States, AWS customers have multiple options for providing US-based end users low-latency access to cloud applications, as well as the opportunity to architect a variety of inter-region backup and disaster recovery operations for even greater availability.”

The US East (Ohio) Region consists of three separate Availability Zones at launch. Availability Zones refer to data centers in separate, distinct locations within a single region that are engineered to be operationally independent of other Availability Zones, with independent power, cooling, and physical security, and are connected via a low latency network. AWS customers focused on high availability can architect their applications to run in multiple Availability Zones to achieve even higher reliability and fault tolerance. For customers looking for inter-region redundancy, the new AWS US East (Ohio) Region, in conjunction with the US East (Northern Virginia), US West (Oregon), and US West (N. California) Regions gives them flexibility to architect across multiple AWS Regions within the United States.

Recognizing that the AWS Cloud has become the new normal for companies of all sizes, and across all industries, to deploy their business-critical applications and drive increased agility, Ohio Governor John Kasich was quick to welcome the new AWS Region. In a video statement released by the Governor’s office, Kasich stated, “It’s clear that the world’s economy is moving to digital technologies and cloud computing. And Amazon Web Services’ commitment here demonstrates the leading role that we hope Ohio can play in that world. …Ohio is not just embracing the new knowledge economy, we’re also advancing the technologies on which that economy will thrive.”

Customers welcome the new AWS US East (Ohio) Region

Cardinal Health is a global integrated healthcare services and products company, providing customized solutions for hospital systems, pharmacies, ambulatory surgery centers, clinical laboratories, and physician offices worldwide. Fuse by Cardinal Health focuses on technology and innovation to improve the future of health and wellness. “Fuse leverages services including Amazon EC2, Amazon RDS, Amazon S3, Amazon Glacier, Amazon Redshift, Amazon EBS, and Elastic Load Balancing to more quickly market test ideas and deploy features to our customers,” said Michael Swartzbaugh, Director of Engineering for Fuse by Cardinal Health. “AWS is a market leader in cloud solutions and enables us to use agile methodologies to drive our innovations and platforms. At Fuse, we are able to quickly execute on our IT journey by using the AWS Cloud, and are thrilled to have additional Availability Zones nearby that will provide higher bandwidth and capacity for our customers.”

Socrata is the market leader in cloud-based data democratization solutions that help governments achieve meaningful social and economic impact by making public data easily shared, discovered, used, and actionable. “Socrata hosts the 2017 White House Budget in the Socrata Public Finance Data Cloud, which includes detailed budgeting of over $4 trillion dollars, and allows users to visually explore this data by program area and agency, and create, analyze, and share interactive charts and graphs,” said Kevin Merritt, CEO of Socrata. “Simple and accessible visualizations of this complex data set has allowed for unprecedented citizen engagement. We’ve stopped operating our own data centers and have gone all-in on AWS because it allows us to innovate more rapidly, scale more flexibly, and allocate more of our engineering resources to developing features and capabilities that directly benefit our customers.”

APPRISS is a Louisville, Kentucky-based company leveraging data and analytics solutions in the health, retail, and public safety markets to explore new ways to keep communities safe and informed. “PMP AWARxE, a solution for prescription monitoring programs, provides states with the tools to monitor prescriptions for federally controlled substances,” said Brian Oldham, CIO of APPRISS. “Thirty states are currently onboarding to the program and hosting it on the AWS Cloud enables us to have the uptime and resilience that is necessary to satisfy their needs. We are thrilled to have an additional US region to rely on in the future as we continue to expand our use of the AWS Cloud.”

NaviStone, headquartered in Cincinnati, provides direct and digital marketers with a revolutionary way to target the right web browsers and include them in direct marketing campaigns. Tom White, CTO of Navistone states, “Our big data business would not exist without our ability to leverage AWS’s scale to our clients’ advantage. Our clients include major retailers with multi-channel operations across online, catalog, and brick-and-mortar locations. We can dream big and experiment with innovative products like our web-to-print technology, which helps our clients more accurately target customers and increase conversions. The speed, flexibility, and low cost of AWS enables NaviStone to experiment at a small scale knowing we can bring a product from prototype to full scale rapidly using the AWS Cloud. Navistone has been an AWS customer for the past three years and now are 100 percent all-in on AWS. We welcome AWS’s expansion in Ohio as this will continue to expand the community of professionals dedicated to building big data businesses at a time when every organization is becoming more data driven.”

Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland is one of the country’s leading private research institutions, offering a unique combination of forward-thinking educational opportunities in an inspiring cultural setting. With about 11,000 students, the university’s nationally recognized programs include arts and sciences, dental medicine, engineering, law, management, medicine, nursing, and social work. “University Technology, at Case Western Reserve University has begun to re-think and re-design its legacy and enterprise systems, using the AWS Cloud to deliver more agile administrative, teaching, learning, and research support,” said Sue B. Workman, VP University Technology/CIO. “We are further enabling faculty and student success by providing access to AWS’s industry-leading cloud technology and enabling greater return on investment (ROI) on our technology costs. The agility and flexibility provided by AWS gives our students the ability to set up technology systems quickly and with more understanding, allows our researchers to easily set up and tear down experiments, and improves the effectiveness with which we manage our enterprise systems. The commitment AWS is making to Ohio demonstrates its confidence that Ohio is a driver for innovation and technology advancement.”

Investing in Ohio

The AWS US East (Ohio) Region is yet another investment AWS is making in the State of Ohio. Amazon Wind Farm US Central, located in Paulding County, Ohio, is a 100 megawatt (MW) wind farm that is currently under construction. When operational, which is expected by May 2017, Amazon Wind Farm US Central will produce 320,000 megawatt hours of wind energy annually directly onto the grid powering the data centers in the AWS US East (Ohio) Region and other current and future AWS data centers. For more information on Amazon Wind Farm US Central, watch the video or visit AWS’s Sustainability website to learn more about the company’s other wind and solar projects across the US.

In conjunction with the launch of the AWS US East (Ohio) Region, AWS is working with the Ohio Academic Resources Network (OARnet), a state-funded IT organization that provides member organizations with intrastate networking and other IT services. AWS and OARnet have agreed to work together to explore AWS Direct Connect access to Ohio’s 100-gigabit research backbone network called OARnet. By using OARnet’s unique high-speed backbone, colleges, schools, medical research hospitals, and state government can readily take advantage of high-speed network connection to AWS to further advanced research and discovery.

About Amazon Web Services

For 10 years, Amazon Web Services has been the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform. AWS offers over 70 fully featured services for compute, storage, databases, analytics, mobile, Internet of Things (IoT) and enterprise applications from 38 Availability Zones (AZs) across 14 geographic regions in the U.S., Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and India. AWS services are trusted by more than a million active customers around the world — including the fastest growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies — to power their infrastructure, make them more agile, and lower costs. To learn more about AWS, visit http://aws.amazon.com.

About Amazon

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