Amazon Web Services Cloud Business Showing No Signs of Slowing Down

Today’s topics include Amazon Web Services’ cloud business continuing to grow, and Google rolling out a Kubernetes cloud service catalog and cloud service broker.

Amazon Web Services on April 26 reported first-quarter 2018 revenue of $5.4 billion, an impressive 49 percent year-over-year revenue growth in the public cloud. For comparison, when Amazon began to break out AWS revenue in the first quarter of 2015, revenue was $1.57 billion, and Amazon has continued to grow cloud revenues at a rapid pace every quarter since.

"AWS had the unusual advantage of a seven-year head start before facing like-minded competition, and the team has never slowed down," Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s founder and CEO, stated.

There are two key levers that Amazon has used to drive cloud growth. The first is cost efficiency; rather than paying fixed costs for hardware and services, the cloud by definition provides an elastic model where users pay only for what they use. The other key driver is an incessant rollout of new and evolving services every quarter.

Google has released a new services framework to make it easier to connect Kubernetes application clusters to its suite of cloud platform services. The framework includes the Kubernetes Service Catalog and the Google Cloud Platform Service Broker hosted service.

The catalog provides a collection of Google Cloud Platform Services available to Kubernetes applications, while the service broker component provides a way to easily connect to them.

To get started, all organizations have to do is to install the Kubernetes Service Catalog in an existing Google-hosted Kubernetes container cluster or an on-premises cluster. The Service Catalog then uses the hosted Service Broker to provide organizations with access to Google cloud services.