The company most associated with "the cloud," in the minds of the general public, is Amazon, which happens to be the world's largest e-retailer. Today, Amazon is the world's largest provider of computing services accessible through the web from globally distributed servers in highly automated data centers.Here's what we mean by that: When a computing service is made available to you anywhere in the world through the web, on servers with functions that have been leased by a publisher, software producer, or other private customer, there's a 34 percent chance (according to analyst firm Synergy Research Group) that this service is being hosted on Amazon's cloud. There's only a 15 percent chance that it's hosted on Microsoft's Azure cloud.LEARN MORE: What Amazon AWS does, generally speakingBefore we spout forth a fountain of fabulous terms such as "cloud infrastructure" and "virtual machine," let's try to explain what this AWS thing does, in terms even a CEO could understand.Up until … [Read more...] about Amazon AWS: Complete business guide to the world’s largest provider of cloud services
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A slew of industry experts say Amazon is prepping to take on FedEx and UPS. Amazon says its network is used only to move goods in-house to manage its quickly rising shipping costs. But its network of ocean freight containers, trailers, fulfillment centers, cargo planes, and more is so large that not even Amazon could fill it, analysts say. Amazon’s moves in logistics lines up with how it launched Amazon Web Services, the company’s cloud-computing solution, now the leader in a $175.8 billion market. Amazon announced the day after Christmas that it delivered an astounding one billion parcels over the holiday season “for free.” The complicated logistics network that allows Amazon to move goods from factory to ship to loading dock to train to truck to fulfillment center to van to your doorstep is in fact anything but free. Amazon’s worldwide shipping costs have grown 15-fold from 2009 to 2018. Net sales have only increased by … [Read more...] about Amazon took over the $176 billion market for cloud computing. Now it’s using the same playbook in logistics.
By Leonardo Castañeda | [email protected] | Bay Area News GroupFebruary 20, 2019 at 11:28 am Berkeley’s efforts to distance itself from Immigration and Customs Enforcement may have run into a problem: Some tech giants may be too big to boycott. The city council is set to vote Tuesday on an ordinance that would bar the city from doing business with companies that work as ICE data brokers or “provide extreme vetting services.” In a recent memo, two Berkeley council members asked the city manager to include Amazon in the proposed boycott. But in her own memo, Berkeley City Manager Dee Williams-Ridley wrote that boycotting the technology giant “would have a huge negative impact to the citywide operations,” The New York Times reported. A separate memo, about data brokers like LexisNexis that also would fall under the boycott, highlights the challenge Berkeley faces. The companies that provide those services to ICE … [Read more...] about Berkeley: Is Amazon too big to boycott?
Amazon is working on a massively multiplayer game, but it’s not the World of Warcraft clone you’d suspect. It’s a different beast entirely. The game’s wholly original world mashes medieval, enlightenment, and early industrial themes with a wild frontier. Players set out to conquer this world, alone or together, gathering resources and building small societies. New World uses Amazon’s cloud tech as a backbone on which to build the world, making it possible for hundreds, even thousands, of players to coexist at once. We spoke with three of the game’s developers about why Amazon has backed a game that’s different from mainstream competitors, and how the cloud will be used to expand its scale beyond anything seen before. Matthew S. Smith, Senior Editor, Digital Trends: Just looking at a screenshot of New World makes it clear it’s different from ‘mainstream’ online games. It’s a bold direction for a flagship game … [Read more...] about Can gamers build a society? We’ll find out in Amazon’s ‘New World’
In 1994, soon after Jeff Bezos incorporated what would become Amazon, the entrepreneur briefly contemplated changing the company’s name. The nascent firm had been dubbed “Cadabra,” but Bezos wanted a less playful, more accurate alternative: “Relentless.” (Relentless.com redirects to Amazon.com to this day.) Twenty-four years later, perhaps no adjective better describes Bezos’ empire than the name he once wanted to give it. The company is known as the “everything store,” but in its dogged pursuit of growth, Amazon has come to dominate more than just ecommerce. It’s now the largest provider of cloud computing services and a maker of home security systems. Amazon is a fashion designer, advertising business, television and movie producer, book publisher, and the owner of a sprawling platform for crowdsourced micro-labor tasks. The company now occupies roughly as much space worldwide as 38 Pentagons. It has grown so large that … [Read more...] about Why It’s Hard to Escape Amazon’s Long Reach