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During the last open coffee event in Athens, Jason really inspired us with his speech. His most valuable advice for us was to team up and create new start ups. He mentioned a few tools that can be used to have a web company up and running with almost zero cost. One of these tools is Amazon EC2 which Jason suggested as a good subject for a meet up in Greece. I am taking a step forward and announcing a general Amazon Web Services (AWS) meet up.

AWS include some of the very best services to launch and scale a start up. During the meet up we will be discussing about:

Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2):

Amazon EC2’s simple web service interface allows you to obtain and configure capacity with minimal friction. It provides you with complete control of your computing resources and lets you run on Amazon’s proven computing environment. Amazon EC2 reduces the time required to obtain and boot new server instances to minutes, allowing you to quickly scale capacity, both up and down, as your computing requirements change.


Amazon SimpleDB is a web service for running queries on structured data in real time. This service works in close conjunction with Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) and Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), collectively providing the ability to store, process and query data sets in the cloud.

Simple Storage Service (S3):

Amazon S3 provides a simple web services interface that can be used to store and retrieve any amount of data, at any time, from anywhere on the web.


Amazon DevPay is a simple-to-use online billing and account management service that makes it easy for businesses to sell applications that are built in, or run on top of, Amazon Web Services. It is designed to make running applications in the cloud and on demand easier for developers.

Third party tools to be discussed:


RightScale enables companies to create Web solutions running on cloud computing providers such as Amazon EC2 that are scalable, reliable, easy to manage, and affordable.


Ylastic is a unique application that is built on top of EC2, S3, SDB, SQS and FPS, and provides an intuitive and powerful user interface for managing the main Amazon Web Services – S3, EC2, SQS and SDB, along with monitoring, alerts, reporting, and other goodies. It enables you to spend your precious time focusing on bringing your ideas to life rather than dealing with the daily nitty gritty of the environment. Don’t waste your bandwidth by building your own UI, monitoring and administration tools. Leverage Ylastic and use the saved time to build value added applications.


Jollat is an easy-to-use GUI to manage S3 and EC2 services. It provides access to the full functionality of the services, but everything is integrated into a simple interface. Versions are available for the Mac, Windows and Linux.

Bucket Explorer:

A User Interface for Amazon S3. Helps you to transfer files to and from s3. Allows managing ACL, creating signed URLs, managing bucket logging and allows access to shared buckets and files.

Since the meet up will be discussion oriented, it is suggested that you first study the general overview of these services. We will focus on how these tools can be used efficiently, show a hands-on tutorial for starting an EC2 instance and also present some useful third party tools.

The event in take place at Eleytheroudakis Bookstore (cafe, 6th floor), Panepistimiou 17, 7pm on 29th October.

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