A guest post from Mike Kellen on use of AWS by Synapse

Science, Reengineered

Recently, I sat down with Jeff Barr on the AWS report to discuss how we’ve used various Amazon services throughout our architecture while developing Synapse.  In the interview, I discussed how Synapse uses RDS (MySQL) as our back end database, Elastic Beanstalk to host our service and web hosting tiers, Cloud Search for providing a search across all Synapse content, and Simple Workflow to manage distributed scientific workflows (see also our AWS case study). The decision to rely heavily on Amazon as an infrastructure provider for our project was based on the belief that hosted infrastructure was they way of the future, and it was best to build technology with that future in mind assuming that services that were still early stage would mature along with our own work.  Despite a few of the hic-ups associated with adopting early stage technology, I’m still pretty pleased with the decision…

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