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AWS: 10 defining moments for the cloud giant

Matthew Finnegan | April 18, 2016
Amazon Web Services turned 10 this week, ComputerworldUK looks at some of the biggest events in its history

In May 2015 it finally gave a clearer idea of how much the business was bringing in.

AWS said it had achieved revenues of $4.6 billion in 2014, and expected it would grow at a rate of 49 percent to $6.2 billion in 2015.

Its most recent financial results showed revenues of $2.4 billion for just the fourth quarter of 2015, meaning that it actually drew in a total of $7.9 billion for 2015.

9. AWS focuses on regional data centre strategy in post-Snowden era (2015)

9. AWS focuses on regional data centre strategy in post-Snowden era (2015)
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AWS has always had a relatively large number of datacentre availability zones.

But, with customers increasingly concerned about data sovereignty issues, it stepped up efforts to provide regional data centres with a facility in the UK.

The decision was quickly followed by Microsoft, which announced similar plans.

10. Lambda, IoT and machine learning (2014-2016)

10. Lambda, IoT and machine learning (2014-2016)

The sophistication and variety of services available from cloud vendors is continuing to grow. AWS has invested in staying at the forefront of this with the launch of some interesting new capabilities in the past two years.

Lambda was launched in 2014 to automate processes for backend developers, allowing them to run code in AWS without provisioning or managing servers.

AWS has also targeted the latest trends in enterprise IT, with produicts aimed at IoT and machine learning.

Source: Computerworld UK 


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