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AWS CEO: Cloud Can Solve Economic Uncertainty, Sustainability

Mark Haranas

“There’s this uncertainty in the air. A lot of people are asking, ‘Should we slow down? Should we pause?’ No. Now’s the time to lean in harder,” says AWS CEO Adam Selipsky at AWS re:Invent 2022.

‘Now Is The Time To Lean In Harder’

Amazon Web Services CEO Adam Selipsky urged customers and partners to not slow down their cloud journey and technology innovation due to economic uncertainty ahead.

“There’s this uncertainty in the air,” said Selipsky on stage during a keynote at AWS re:Invent 2022. “A lot of people are asking, ‘Should we slow down? Should we pause?’ No. Now’s the time to lean in harder.”

“Not in spite of it, but because of the economic uncertainty, our end customers will save money when they dig into cloud versus running those applications on different types of infrastructure,” said AWS’ CEO. “Now is the time to continue to accelerate the cloud journey.”

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AWS re:Invent 2022

Selipsky spoke about what AWS partners and customers should be doing around the cloud and sustainability and gave his commitment to the channel in an interview with Steven Burke, CRN Executive Editor, News, during the Partner Keynote event at AWS re:Invent 2022.

AWS’ annual customer and partner conference saw more than 50,000 people flock to Las Vegas this week to hear about the cloud giant’s strategy and vision, receive hands-on training, and learn about new AWS product launches.

AWS’ Sustainability Push

A key topic discussed during Burke’s interview with Selipsky was AWS’ sustainability push.

At re:Invent this week, the Seattle-based worldwide cloud market-share leader pledged that it will return more water in communities than it uses in its cloud operations by 2030.

“The difference I’ve seen in the last 18 months compared to five, six, seven years ago is that the customer conversations around sustainability is day and night,” Selipsky said during his AWS Partner Keynote address. “You can see this absolutely on the rapid ascent. And I think there are going to be more and more end customers who care a lot about this.

“If you just move on to the cloud, it would be more sustainable,” he said.

Here’s what Selipsky wants customers and partners to think about when they head home from AWS re:Invent around sustainability, cloud investments, and the commitment he has made to the channel partner community for years to come.

Mark Haranas

Mark Haranas is an assistant news editor and longtime journalist now covering cloud, multicloud, software, SaaS and channel partners at CRN. He speaks with world-renown CEOs and IT experts as well as covering breaking news and live events while also managing several CRN reporters. He can be reached at

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