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Perspectives September 26, 2013

Business Insider / Amazon Wins Cloud “Game of Thrones”

Leaders and followers in the post-server world

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Microsoft was once considered the king of technology. Today, it’s in the midst of trying to find a new CEO.

While there’s plenty of speculation on who will be heir in Redmond, the more important succession is who will rule the vast new kingdom of the cloud, a “post-server world” where enterprise data centers disappear and are replaced by cloud infrastructure services and SaaS applications.

It is apparent that another Seattle-area company is ascending the throne. They have introduced over 30 price cuts and have launched over 150 new services on AWS.

The combination of both lower cost and valuable developer services is leaving competitors gasping to catch up.

Perhaps one of the best ways to identify a growing juggernaut is that company’s ability to bend the will of the world around it. Amazon is training a new generation of developers to work around its weaknesses. Instead of guaranteeing performance and availability, heavy Amazon users like Netflix are building applications to work around its faults. We have taken, for our default cloud, a system that has poor storage I/O, unpredictable CPU performance, and an annoying (albeit rare) habit of whole zones going down. Such is the power of the king. Read more on Business Insider. 

“Perhaps one of the best ways to identify a growing juggernaut is that company’s ability to bend the will of the world around it.”