Amazon's Head Start in the Cloud Pays Off
Amazon Web Services has leveraged its head start in the cloud space to address a nagging barrier to greater cloud adoption in the enterprise -- the ability to bridge internal corporate IT infrastructure with the cloud in a secure, reliable and cost-efficient way.SEATTLE-Amazon Web Services has leveraged its head start in the cloud space to address a nagging barrier to greater cloud adoption in the enterprise-the ability to bridge internal corporate IT infrastructure with the cloud in a secure, reliable and cost-efficient way. The company's release of the Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) enables this and, hopefully, though Amazon officials are reluctant to say, helps put to rest competitor claims that Amazon's Web services business might be more of an experiment by a huge retailer than the serious competitor the organization has become, as quiet as it has been kept.
Amazon officials, such as Adam Selipsky, vice president of product management and developer relations at the company, maintain that Amazon's head start in the cloud is "an important advantage" for the company. "Very few advantages are eternal or indeterminate," Selipsky said. "But I don't think there's a substitute for the learning we've had over the last three and a half years." Selipsky spoke with eWEEK in a wide ranging interview at AWS offices here.
"We're probably one of the biggest acquirers of data center space around the world. I think you've probably seen these statistics. There's Google, there's Microsoft, Amazon to a degree, but really we're making a massive, massive, massive investment in having the computational capabilities, the Internet connectivity capabilities and the geo-presence to be a leader in that business. Now, it's a little bit hard to see what we're doing until we bring more of those pieces together, but I think you'll be excited about the work that we're doing in that space."At the same time, Selipsky seems bemused at the notion of Amazon being viewed as a solution for SMBs or mom and pop operations. "Our services have been tested and used for mission-critical applications by thousands of customers, and I'm slightly surprised there haven't been more competitive offerings," he said. "We've had large enterprises-Fortune 50 companies-using us from Day 1. Microsoft was even a launch customer of S3. It's true we've created a lot of excitement and usage among startups and VCs, but at the same time we've seen significant interest, testing, integration and adoption by enterprises of all sizes."