Wednesday, October 7, 2015

AWS Accelerates its Growth Trajectory

Amazon Web Services continues to ramp up in services, availability regions, data centers, applications, customers and revenue.

At its AWS re:Invent conference in Las Vegas, Andy Jassy, SVP of Amazon Web Services said the business is now on a $7 billion annual run rate, up 81% YoY. AWS now has over 1 million active customers that have used the platform in the last 30 days.  Amazon EC2 compute instance hour usage is up 95% YoY. Amazon S3 object storage data transfers have grown 120% YoY. AWS databases services are growing at 127% YoY.

Some highlights:

  • AWS re:Invent has a total of 19,000 attendees in person and 38,000 of the livestream.
  • The AWS Marketplace has over 2,300 listings offered by over 800 independent software vendors. These have generated over 143 million EC2 compute hours of usage so far.
  • Snowball - a faster/cheaper alternative to high speed Internet connections for transferring terabytes or petabytes of data from an existing data center to the AWS cloud. Snowball provides 50TB of encrypted transfer capability per unit. It is entirely self-contained in a weather-resistant shipping container with a 10 GB network connection on the back and an E Ink display/control panel on the front.
  • Amazon QuickSight - a new AWS data visualization engine for business intelligence. QuickSight is designed to handle many types of data-intensive workloads including ad targeting, customer segmentation, forecasting & planning, marketing & sales analytics, inventory & shipment tracking, IoT device stream management, and clickstream analysis.  QuickSight is built around SPICE (the Super-fast, Parallel, In-memory Calculation Engine). Amazon claims it can deliver the solution at 1/10th the cost of on-premise solutions from "the old guard"
  • Amazon Kinesis Firehose - loads streaming data such as from IoT sensors into hosted databases. Users simply create a delivery stream, route it to an Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) bucket and/or a Amazon Redshift table, and write records (up to 1000 KB each) to the stream. Firehose will take care of all of the monitoring, scaling, and data management.
  • Amazon Inspector - a new service that analyzes the behavior of your applications in AWS and helps identify potential security issues.
  • MariaDB - Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) now offers support for the popular MariaDB database, beginning with version 10.0.17. This engine was forked from MySQL in 2009, and has developed at a rapid clip ever since, adding support for two storage engines (XtraDB and Aria) and other leading-edge features.

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