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The 10 Biggest AWS News Stories Of 2023 (So Far)

Mark Haranas

From layoffs and slow sales growth to AI innovation and entering new markets, here are the top 10 most important AWS news stories of 2023 thus far.

From diving deeper than ever into artificial intelligence to one of the largest layoff rounds in the cloud company’s history, there has been no shortage of news from Amazon Web Services so far in 2023.

The $85 billion Seattle-based cloud computing global market share leader has seen a slowdown in sales growth this year so far, but continues to unleash new products, programs and strategic agreements with channel partners at a rapid race.

AWS is also arguably growing its cloud computing footprint and customer reach faster than its competitors by pouring billions into building new data centers both in the U.S. and abroad.

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AWS’ 2023 Highlighted By Layoffs, Generative AI Push

AWS is trying to capitalize on the largest IT market trend seen in years: generative AI.

The cloud company launched new services and partnerships this year with the ultimate goal of becoming a force in the generative AI race between itself and the likes of Google and Microsoft. “We’re really excited about how AWS is now democratizing access to foundational models and generative AI for customers,” said Ruba Borno, vice president, head of worldwide channels and alliances for AWS, in an interview with CRN this year.

The other significant news story in the tech world this year was the waves of layoffs across the entire IT industry. AWS was unaffected by parent company Amazon’s first wave of 18,000 employee layoffs this year. However, the cloud company wasn’t immune to Amazon’s next layoff round of 9,000 employees.

CRN breaks down the top 10 most important AWS news stories of 2023—from layoffs and slow sales growth to a renewed focus on CPUs and new AI innovation—that AWS partners, investors and employees should know about.


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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