Amazon Simple Workflow (SWF)

Yesterday the retail and cloud behemoth Amazon made an announcement regarding a new service that they’re offering for developers called Amazon Simple Workflow (SWF).

Now I don’t often write about public cloud offerings (in fact I may never have done it), and I wouldn’t consider myself a developer in the traditional sense but I thought that this was noteworthy. Normally I write about virtualisation infrastructures / technologies but what’s interesting about this is that it’s clearly targeted at enabling complex and / or large applications to run in Amazon’s cloud offerings.

Amazon’s own CTO, Werner Vogels, describes SWF as:

an orchestration service for building scalable distributed applications

Some of the possible applications of SWF that Amazon mention are:

  • Automating business processes for finance or insurance applications
  • Building sophisticated data analytics applications
  • Managing cloud infrastructure services

But there are bound to be others. Read Werner’s blog post that fleshes out SWF’s aims and purpose a little more. For now, I’m going to sit back and listen to what the AWS (Amazon Web Services) people are up to.

Michael is a Senior Consultant for Xtravirt. If it's got buttons or flashy lights on it then it'll probably be on his radar. When not "mending computers" (it's sometimes easier than explaining "cloud" to relatives), Michael provides essential education, entertainment and trampoline services to his two children.

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