Amazon Announces Elastic MapReduce

Published: 02 Apr 2009

Amazon has announced Elastic MapReduce, the latest product under it's web services umbrella starting at $0.10 per hour. This latest offering leverages two of it's existing products EC2 (cloud computing) and S3 (simple storage service):

Amazon Elastic MapReduce is a web service that enables businesses, researchers, data analysts, and developers to easily and cost-effectively process vast amounts of data. It utilizes a hosted Hadoop framework running on the web-scale infrastructure of Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) and Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3).

Hadoop is an open source implementation of the MapReduce programming model originally explained by Google and now used by companies such as Yahoo to power their search engine and fight spam.

Elastic MapReduce seems to be a natural segway after Amazon recently announced Public Data Sets:

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.