Amazon Web Services cuts S3 prices, knocks old guard rivals | ZDNet

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“We’re lowering prices for S3 by 24 percent to 27 percent in all regions,” said Andy Jassy, senior vice president of Amazon Web Services. Jassy also mocked old guard technology rivals, which were seen as cloud washers.

During his keynote, Jassy outlined the company’s sheer cloud computing infrastructure bulk, customer base and ecosystem. The message is relatively simple: AWS has a dominant lead over what’s becoming a long list of rivals. One data point: Netflix intends to completely run on AWS in the months to come. 

Jassy gave the following healthcheck on the AWS business, which remains a mystery in Amazon’s financial results since it’s 10 percent or more of the e-commerce giant’s business yet. Among the key stats:

AWS has hundreds of thousands of customers in 190 countries; 300 government agencies and 1,500 educational institutions; Jassy also touted AWS’ ecosystem of integrators to software vendors to marketplace partners;  There are 1.3 trillion total objects on S3; AWS runs more than 835,000 requests per second;  Has 3.7 million clusters;  In 2012, AWS will launch 158 new services and features, up from 81 in 2011. And AWS in 2012 now adds enough server capacity to power a $5 billion global enterprise daily.
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