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Asheville Among Global Grand Prize Winners in Amazon Innovation Challenge

ASHEVILLE NC – The City of Asheville is excited to be named one of four winners of Amazon Web Services’ global “City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge.”

The Best Practices Award recognizes innovative and impactful local government projects running on the AWS Cloud, and rises out of the city’s use of a cloud-based disaster recovery system launched in May. The system also means a greatly reduced operational cost, since the City does not have to purchase backup hardware.

Amazon’s award comes with a prize of $50,000 in Amazon Web Service Credits, saving the city even more money on what it spends for disaster recovery.

The collaboration between the city’s IT Services Department, Water Resources Department, and the U.S. Cellular Center ensures that the city can recover the USCC’s point-of-sale system and the Water Resources asset management system in the case of a hardware failure, power outage, or natural disaster (see more at http://ow.ly/ytWTS.)

“It is an honor to be included among this short list of grand prize winners,” said City Manager Gary Jackson. “I am pleased that our IT Department is being recognized by Amazon for their innovative leadership and ability to implement cutting edge technology.”

In its announcement, Amazon Web Services said Asheville was chosen by a panel of worldwide experts “…based on the impact of their solution, likelihood of long-term success, implementation of AWS services, and the potential to help other local governments solve similar challenges.” See Amazon’s full press release at http://ow.ly/ytXn3.

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