1. It started small. In 2006, Amazon launched two fairly simple services: computers you could rent by the hour, and computer storage you could rent by the hour. This became “cloud computing.”
Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos
Source: Gartner Worldwide IT Spending
Today, Amazon Web Services is a lot more than just computers and storage for rent. You can still rent those, but you can also rent more than 70 more Amazon services including networking, database, analytics, software, and mobile.
Amazon’s storage service, S3, holds trillions of objects and serves up millions of requests per second. Plus AWS customers use 143 million hours a month of services from 2,500 third-party software services.
Andy Jassy, senior vice president of Amazon Web Services
Overall, AWS is as big as its next four competitors combined and has data centers located in 12 geographic regions worldwide, with 5 more scheduled to open later this year.
Source: Synergy Research Group
2. In 2006, no one used the term “cloud computing.” They called it “grid computing” or “utility computing” or “outsourcing.” A year BEFORE Amazon launched AWS, Sun Microsystems launched its grid computing for $1/CPU hour or GB of storage and it was considered a radical idea and dirt cheap. But it didn’t save the company.
Scott McNealy, cofounder and former CEO, Sun Microsystems
Now, everybody in tech knows what cloud computing is, and AWS is the undisputed leader. It’s on track to be a $10 billion business for Amazon. Q4 2015 revenue for the AWS segment grew 70% to $2.4 billion (with a 29% operating margin), Amazon says.
Amazon CTO of AWS Werner Vogels
3. In 2006, cloud computing wasn’t anything that most companies wanted to use for their important apps and files. It was slow, crashed all the time and no one was sure it could stop hackers. Even in 2009, when Netflix started using AWS, Netflix considered it “was a very crappy data center,” says Netflix’s AWS architect at the time, Adrian Cockcroft.
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings
At first, even Amazon didn’t use AWS for its massive website and retail needs. It didn’t put all of its websites and retail on AWS until around 2010.
Source: AWS Slideshare
Today, AWS has more than a 1 million active customers in 190 countries, including nearly 2,000 government agencies, 5,000 schools and over 17,500 nonprofits.
About two dozen large enterprises have decided to shut down their data centers and use AWS exclusively including Intuit, Juniper, AOL, and Netflix.
4. In 2006, Oracle billionaire and then-CEO Larry Ellison famously pooh-poohed cloud computing as nothing more than a fashionable buzzword.
Oracle executive chairman and CTO Larry Ellison
Today, AWS offers several databases built by Amazon that compete with Oracle. One of them, Amazon RDS, has more than 100,000 active customers. A new one launched earlier this year, Aurora, is the fastest growing service in AWS history, Amazon says.
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