Amazon's cloud computing will surpass its retailing business

Amazon's cloud computing will surpass its retailing business

Summary: Amazon on Monday announced persistent storage for its EC2 service and what's notable is how quickly the e-tailer is running ahead of the competition. In fact, Amazon's real business down the line will be its cloud services.

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Amazon on Monday announced persistent storage for its EC2 service and what's notable is how quickly the e-tailer is running ahead of the competition. In fact, Amazon's real business down the line will be its cloud services. Amazon will be like a book store that sells cocaine out the back door. Books will be just a front to sell storage and cloud computing.

Everyone else--Google and Microsoft--are working on their cloud computing services, but they are really in the first revision of their respective offerings. Amazon is ahead and tweaking (Techmeme).

That's where the latest storage move is just the beginning. Amazon is offering 99.9 percent reliability and as it works toward its enterprise plans that could increase.

In its blog, Amazon says that it is going to be more transparent about its roadmap. What's notable to me is that Amazon even has a roadmap. It's quite possible that Amazon's real business becomes the cloud with e-tailing as a mere cover.

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  • Is that impressive "reliability"?

    "Amazon is offering 99.9 percent reliability." That could be an 8+ hour outage every year, assuming zero maintenance downtime. And, what does a customer get if Amazon fails that standard? A pro-rata refund? OTOH, 99.9% means 10 minutes/wk, which is fine by me.

    It's not the uptime promise I'm looking for; it's details as to how they handle surprise downtime: What's the protocol?

    For example: I host websites with a company that, with best intentions, represented that they have redundant connections to the Internet, using different telecom companies. What they did not say (and what I did not think to ask) is that all of the cables leave the building through a single conduit. Guess what? Someone digging a trench next to the building cut the conduit. So, "redundancy" was meaningless. Result: A day of downtime.

    Things go wrong. I wanna know what's "Plan B".
    BorisKarloff
  • Snake Eating Its Tail

    Well, yes, but at some point one has to question the relevance of a "portal" site such as Amazon in a "cloud" which has infinite access ways for creating and delivering content...
    jabailo1