Monday, May 4, 2009

Amazon releases Influenza Virus into the cloud (Swine Flu / H1N1 sequences)

Amazon just keeps on amazing me. Jeff Barr from Amazon Web Services has just told me that they have releases Influenza Virus (including updated Swine Flu sequences) using their Public Data Sets utility. This data set includes database and sequence data from the NIAID Influenza Genome Sequencing Project and Genbank. This data set is being updated regularly to include new sequences of swine influenza A (H1N1) submitted by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Public Data Sets on AWS provides a centralized repository of public data sets that can be seamlessly integrated into AWS cloud-based applications. AWS is hosting the public data sets at no charge for the community, and like all AWS services, users pay only for the compute and storage they use for their own applications

By hosting this important and useful data with cost-efficient services such as Amazon EC2, AWS hopes to provide researchers across a variety of disciplines and industries with tools to enable more innovation, more quickly.

Very cool!

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