growthAmazon’s Web services division is upping its appeal to startups — or at least that’s the aim — after it launched AWS Activate, a package of resources specifically tailored to support young and growing businesses and their cloud-based needs.

AWS Activate, which will intensify the rivalry with Microsoft and Rackspace, includes AWS credits, training, developer support, a startup community forum that provides advice and a range of “special offers” from third parties.

The package comes in two different types: ‘Self-Starter’ — which any startup can apply for — and a wider-reaching ‘Portfolio’ option, which caters for young companies that are involved in accelerators, incubators or other growth programs.

You can see more details in this video and via the links after the jump.

➤ Amazon Web Services Announces ‘AWS Activate’ to Expand Resources Available to Startup Customers in the Cloud [Amazon Press Center]

➤ AWS Activate Homepage

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