Jungle, online shopping, and WebStore are just some topics you can relate to the word Amazon. In the Information Technology field, Amazon is referred to as Amazon Web Services (AWS). Since 2006, Amazon has positioned themselves as ‘the’ largest Cloud computing company in the world. Amazon has a subsidiary company called Amazon Web Services that according to The Verve’s article “Amazon’s earning soar as its hardware, takes the spotlight”, contributed $2.57 billion dollars revenue with a net income of $604 million in 2015 Q1. The net income of $604 million is so impressive that it resulted in AWS being more profitable than Amazon’s North American retail business for the first time. Furthermore, the $604 million dollars contributed 56% to Amazon’s profiles in that quarter. In fiscal year 2017 AWS is predicted to exceed $13 billion in revenue.
What is AWS? Simply stated it can be everything from a single computer to a network of thousands of computers. AWS has created an environment that allows you to create and start using a computer in Tokyo, Ireland, or Singapore in a matter of minutes while never leaving the comfort of your couch. AWS can be used to run a company’s entire networking or be a single computer running your next door neighbor’s “Bingo Night” website. Without getting too technical, it’s a platform that allows people to create computers in the cloud at very reasonable prices. For those of you that are more technical, you can author complete serverless websites or create complete offerings with databases and shared network resources.
The next time you’re looking for that perfect gift and find yourself on Amazon.com, remember that as amazing as that site is with all of the shopping possibilities available to you, you are actually only scratching the surface of what Amazon has to offer.