Four Years In The Cloud: Happy Birthday, Amazon Web Services EC2
Andrew R. Hickey
In The Year 2006
Amazon.com had been around for more than a decade when it launched Amazon Web Services LLC and officially began to offer developer customers access to in-the-cloud infrastructure services based on Amazon's own back-end technology platform. The company realized it had developed a core competency in operating massive-scale technology infrastructure and data centers to fuel its monstrous retail business, so it set out to serve a new type of customer (developers and businesses) with a platform of Web services they could use to build sophisticated and scalable applications. The new offering eliminated the capital investment and time spent managing data centers and co-location facilities.