June 6, 2007

Colloquium Speaker: Jeff Barr


Jeff Barr, Senior Evangelist, Amazon Web Services. Jeff Barr is focused on furthering awareness of web services and inspiring developers to create innovative applications using Amazon Web Services. Barr meets regularly with developers throughout the U.S. and abroad to introduce Amazon Web Services' expanding platform and showcase businesses that currently utilize the program's services. Barr joined Amazon in August 2002 as a Senior Software Developer on the Associates team and has a longstanding interest in Web services and programmatic information interchange. He has held development and management positions at Microsoft, KnowNow, eByz, Akopia, was a co-founder of Visix Software, and launched the news feed service, Syndic8.com. He earned his bachelor's degree in computer science from American University and performed graduate work in computer science at George Washington University.


Colloquium Topic: Building a 'Web-Scale Computing' Architecture

Jeff Barr will provide the blueprint for 'Web-Scale Computing' - enabling businesses to use Amazon Web Services to build an elastic architecture that can quickly respond to demand. Jeff's presentation will focus on Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), Amazon's Simple Queue Service, and Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) and will include real-world examples of how these services are being used singly and in combination. Amazon.com spent 12 years and over $1 billion developing a world-class technology and content platform that powers Amazon web sites for millions of customers every day. Today, Amazon Web Services exposes this technology, through 10 open APIS, allowing developers to build applications leveraging the same robust, scalable, and reliable technology that powers Amazon's business.