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Thu., Jan. 26, 2012, 3:30 p.m.

Amazon cloud services underlines its relationship with Liberty Lake’s IT-Lifeline

Liberty Lake-based IT-Lifeline is living in the cloud fast lane, or at least in the Amazon Web Services segment of the cloud fast lane.

Amazon recently sent out a detailed and clogged-with-jargon release about its AWS Cloud Gateway. If you dare to decipher the text of this release, put on your geek goggles and go for it:  We did and it nearly caused a slipped disk:

“With the AWS Storage Gateway, we’re providing businesses yet another way to easily take advantage of AWS’s secure, scalable and cost-effective cloud storage for use with their on-premises applications,” said a company person.  

“The AWS Storage Gateway works with your existing applications using a standard iSCSI interface, securely transfers your data to AWS over SSL, and stores data encrypted at rest in Amazon S3.”

The AWS Storage Gateway also makes it easy to leverage the on-demand compute capacity of Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) for additional capacity during peak periods, for new projects, or as a more cost-effective way to run normal enterprise workloads. To take advantage of this compute capacity, enterprises can mirror on-premises data to Amazon EC2 instances by using the AWS Storage Gateway to upload the data to Amazon S3 in the form of Amazon EBS snapshots. Amazon EBS volumes can easily be created from these snapshots (using either the AWS Management Console or Amazon EC2’s APIs) and attached to Amazon EC2 compute instances."

And then it mentions IT-Lifeline:

"IT-Lifeline provides data vaulting and disaster recovery services to regulated industries such as banking and healthcare organizations. “We look forward to using the AWS Storage Gateway ourselves, as well as integrating it into our BLACKCLOUD service for our customers,” said Matthew Gerber, CEO at IT-Lifeline. “With this capability, our customers and our company can take advantage of simplified data vaulting and practically infinite elasticity for disaster recovery needs.”

Personally, the release seems to use about 200 more words to get the point across. Which is: Cloud services save money and simplify IT operations and management.

As for the IT-Lifeline connection, that's very nice. The release establishes that Amazon regards IT-Lifeline as a primary partner that provides backup and recovery services for customers using Amazon's growing catalog of cloud computing.

That's a feather in their hat. 

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