WWAD: What Will Amazon Do?

December 4, 2019

Silicon Angle published “Commentary: Andy Jassy Aims to Reinvent Amazon Web Services for the Cloud’s Next Generation.” The story carries the subtitle “In an exclusive one-on-one conversation, Amazon’s cloud chief reveals how he views the future of the cloud, the competition, market shifts, customer demands and controversies.”

Several statements in the write up warranted an orange highlight:

  • It’s time to embrace the next cloud wave or get crushed by it.
  • The cloud has completely “flipped the business and startup model on its head.”
  • “Enterprises realize that if they want to be successful, sustainable companies over time, they can’t just make small, incremental changes,” he said.
  • The “vast majority” of organizations pursuing a multicloud strategy tend to pick a predominant provider and then, if they feel like they want another one, either because there’s a group that really is passionate about them or they want to know they can use a second cloud provider in case they fall out of sorts with the initial cloud provider, they will. Jassy went on to say that for customers implementing multiple clouds the workloads are split between a primary and secondary cloud more like 70/30 or 80/20 or 90/10, not 50/50.
  • “Companies are going to want to eliminate network hops and find a way to have the compute and the storage much more local to the 5G network edge.”
  • Next year roughly 82% of all new workloads will run Linux.

Net net: Crushing is part of the game plan. The interview is a component of the AWS re:Invent PR push. Prime stuff, not Grade A, but okay for consumption by Amazon shoppers.

Stephen E Arnold, December 4, 2019

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