Amazon’s AWS Activate : Do Startups Need It?

aws-activateAmazon’s latest foray into the startup services space, AWS Activate is interesting – although if you’ve already launched your startup you probably already looked into hosting your stuff on AWS, or some other service that uses AWS on the back end, like Heroku. Unlike the olden days, say even 5 years ago, when you had to source individual servers, cloud services like AWS have really captured the market when it comes to building your startup infrastructure cheaply and rapidly. All it takes is a credit card and some configuration and a few minutes later you have a virtual Linux or Windows server in the sky which you can run your server on.

AWS Activate looks like a simple re-bundling of some of the services already available, so as such I’m not sure that it adds value to a startup who is already using the services – although free stuff always helps when you are just starting up and times are tight.

Now, I notice that there are some interesting  incubators listed on their pages, if signing up for AWS Activate could get your startup on their radar, then that is a huge value add. Remember, its not who you know, its who knows you….

Amazon Web Services provides startups with low cost, easy to use infrastructure needed to scale and grow any size business. Some of the world’s hottest startups including Pinterest, Instagram, and Dropbox have leveraged the power of AWS to easily get started and quickly scale. AWS Activate is a program designed to provide startups with the resources needed to get started on AWS. Join some of the fastest-growing startups in the world and build your business using AWS.

via AWS Activate.