15 sites you know, that you may not know are based on Amazon Web Services

15 sites you know, that you may not know are based on Amazon Web Services

Summary: Have you ever wanted to know the inside stories of some of the world's largest sites -- and the infrastructure they use to host them? If so, this is for you!

TOPICS: Cloud, Amazon

Amazon fascinates me. The company manages to build services around what most companies would have historically just considered cost centers, and the Amazon Web Services operation is no exception.

AWS comes out of Amazon's own need to build out its infrastructure; they just figured out how to monetize it. In the process, they've managed to pretty much own the cloud services world, playing host to some of the world's biggest sites.

I recently found a fascinating (if hype-filled) listing of many of the sites Amazon hosts and what makes it even more interesting is there are videos from many of the IT managers of those sites explaining how they've used AWS. 

Topics: Cloud, Amazon


David Gewirtz, Distinguished Lecturer at CBS Interactive, is an author, U.S. policy advisor, and computer scientist. He is featured in the History Channel special The President's Book of Secrets and is a member of the National Press Club.

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  • Another ruddy slide show

    1) It's another slide show - gave up at slide 4. Don't the editors understand that we do not wish to slog through a long show if we can just see the list? Those who want to can still step through the detail.

    2) Am not sure most of the information passes any sort of SBW test... (So B"%^% What?)
    • RE: Another ruddy slide show

      Gave up at slide 1 here.
    • Why not skip the slide show and just click the link in the article text?

      Goes right to the AWS Case Studies page.
      • Still does not pass the SBW test

        Followed the link to the AWS site. Confirmed that the info is a yawn. So Amazon owns a vast amout of computer space and rents it out to a variety of users, some of whom are well known.

    • Re: Another ruddy slide show

      I think you have a typo here.

      Did you not mean "cruddy"?
      • No

        The guy is from the UK."Cruddy" means caked on dirt, whereas "ruddy" is normally used in the UK instead of the word "bloody" to avoid swearing (at least for people over 40). And no, colour is not spelt wrong ;)
        • 'Britishism'

          Jsargent: Bingo! (To use another 'Britishism'...and I am over 40.)
    • Slide shows like this are painful experiences . . .

      when viewing on a tablet, especially if it's not a quad-core.
  • Didn't event want to start when I saw there were slides. Why bother?

    Didn't event want to start when I saw there were slides. Why bother?
  • Owns the Cloud Service World, Really?

    For being a "distinguished lecturer", the implication of "they've managed to pretty much own the cloud services world" is such hyperbole, it isn't even laughable.
    I would like to suggest that zdnet list the authors of the articles that include in their email, so I
    can save the time even considering those by Mr. Gewirtz.
  • Nothing New

    Yeah, and Amazon uses BlackBerry QNX to automate their warehouses.

    Web services hosting companies host lots of companies that don't publicize it. My company hosts a large number of other companies' services, most of which don't have our name on them.

    Likewise, BlackBerry QNX runs lots of software, including Amazon and Avnet warehouses, GM OnStar, Cisco IOS XR, 911 Call Centers, Lasik surgery systems, video poker, Hollywood special effects motion-control, air traffic control, flight trainers, big box store HVAC systems, mail sorting machines, etc. Your car infotainment system probably uses BlackBerry QNX.
  • Slide shows..

    ...went out with "Kodak Carousel 35mm Slide Projectors. Won't waste MY time.
  • "Adobe just plain stopped selling boxed version of their software"...

    ...and I only learned this years later from ZDNet. Apparently when software is really well written, people don't care much about buying upgrades.

    So one has to sell them a different-shaped computer (flatter, or triangular or circular or with a hole in the middle), called a ***ble*, and then one can sell the same ol' program again for that. Ahh, "innovation"... :-)
  • Ironic that, Amazon provides the infrastructure to run those

    companies and services, but many of them are more profitable than Amazon itself.