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'AWS Activate' eyes Malaysian startups

AvantiKumar | Oct. 14, 2013
Adam Selipsky of Amazon Web Services said the new package is ideally structured to help startups across all sectors in the Asia Pacific region grow their businesses through the cloud.

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Photo - Adam Selipsky, Vice President, Amazon Web Services

AWS Activate, which is now available for startups in all sectors in Malaysia and the Asia Pacific region, has been specially structured with benefits such as AWS credits, training, developer support, a special startup community forum and special offers from third parties to help them successfully build on AWS's cloud platform, said Amazon Web Services.

Amazon Web Services vice president Adam Selipsky said it was important for startups to have easy access to technology resources that would help them quickly and efficiently get started and scale up as their business grows.

Cloud computing allows startups to go beyond the often restricted resources they have and use on-demand, pay-as-you-go services that can be adjusted as needed, while allowing these startups to focus on what really matters - serving their customers and innovating, said Selipsky.

"Many of the world's most successful startups already build their businesses on the AWS cloud," he said. "Based on feedback from VCs [venture capitalists], startups and entrepreneurs, we developed AWS Activate to help even more startup organisations get going quickly by leveraging AWS to help build their business. We're happy to offer this to startups of all kinds from around the world today."

Selipsky said AWS Activate comes in two packages: a Self-Starter package, which any startup can apply for, and a Portfolio package, which can be applied for by startups in select accelerator, incubator, venture capital seed funds or entrepreneur organisations.

He said each package included varied levels of resources to help fit customers' needs. Startups receiving either package get access to the Startup Forum, where AWS experts and other startup customers can share best practices.

In addition, the Startup Forum offers startups a way to learn from and interact with a community of peers building world-changing apps on AWS. Startups accepted into AWS Activate may also have access to special offers, such as product discounts, from select third-party companies in the AWS ecosystem, providing startups with additional valuable technologies and tools.

Helping Malaysian startups

"Amazon Web Services has been helping many startups in Malaysia, including," said managing director and chief technology officer, Arzumy. "They have made our journey easier with low cost of development, technical help and training, support when we need it, as well as a vibrant community of startups to learn and share AWS best practices.  AWS Activate makes it even easier for startups to gain access to these resources and leverage the benefits of AWS."

AWS's Selipsky said with the Self-Starter package, startups receive:

 - Access to the AWS Free Usage Tier, giving one year of free access to a variety of services, allowing developers to launch new applications, broaden their AWS knowledge or simply gain hands-on familiarity with the services;

- One month of Developer-level AWS Support;

- Web-based training and one self-paced lab;

- AWS Startup Forum;

- and access to offers on products from select third-party companies.

Those signing up for the Portfolio package will receive:

- AWS credits, which  can be redeemed against fees for eligible services, including Amazon EC2, Amazon S3, Amazon RDS, Amazon CloudFront, Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon EMR, Amazon Redshift, Amazon Glacier and others;.

- Business-level AWS Support for up to one year;

- Web-based and instructor-led training, including class labs and credit for four self-paced labs;

- Startup Forum privileges;

- and access to offers on products from select third-party companies.

 Launched in 2006, Amazon Web Services, Inc. began exposing infrastructure services to businesses in the form of web services, now widely known as cloud computing.


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