In April, nine years after launching Amazon Web Services (AWS), tech and eRetail giant Amazon finally revealed its earnings and the numbers were impressive, to say the least. Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s founder and chief executive, called AWS a $5 billion business that’s “still growing fast.”
Now AWS has been a well-known leader in the public cloud market for some time, and many high-profile customers — Spotify and Netflix, for example — use its infrastructure. But just how big is AWS? We wanted to find out, so we dug through our fact books and came up with 15 statistics that demonstrate the power that Bezos and co. wield over the public cloud computing market.
Amazon reported $5.16 billion in AWS revenues for 2014. AWS sales make up 7% of the company’s total sales, roughly equal to the percentage of total sales owing to books (both ebooks and physical), which, you may remember, built the foundation of the company 21 years ago.
Furthermore, AWS reported $1.566 billion in sales for Q1 2015—a 49% increase over the previous year. The company also reported an operating income of $391 million in Q2 2015, a massive increase from the $77 million reported for Q2 2015.
Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) cloud computing is a fast growing market, jumping 33% in 2015 to become an estimated $16.5 billion market, according to research firm Gartner.
With over one million private customers, and 600 government agencies using Amazon’s public cloud, it’s unsurprising that the company now controls a massive portion of the worldwide public cloud market— 29% to be exact.
So how exactly is AWS planning to accommodate all of those customers? With their massive infrastructure, of course!
While some competitors have tried to make oblique references to their clouds being “geographically largest,” the general consensus is that AWS operates the world’s largest public cloud infrastructure. In fact, according to research and analysis firm Gartner Inc., AWS boasts “over 10 times more cloud IaaS compute capacity in use than the aggregate total of the other 14 providers” in Gartner’s 2015 IaaS Magic Quadrant report.
That compute capacity is distributed across 11 AWS regions worldwide, with over 30 data centers in total. Each region contains two to five AWS Availability zones, with less than a millisecond between them. Each of those 30 data centers has a network capacity of 102Tbps, and contains 50 to 80 thousand servers, according to a 2014 speech from James Hamilton, Vice President of AWS.
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