The 10 Biggest Cloud Stories Of 2012

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1. Amazon: 'Old Guard' Private Clouds Don't Cut It

Amazon Web Services reminded the world it's still the leading cloud services provider at its first partner conference the last week of November in Las Vegas.

Andy Jassy, AWS senior vice president, launched a counterattack against "old guard" tech vendors Hewlett-Packard, IBM and Oracle for offering customers private clouds that promised customers all the benefits of a public cloud in their own data centers. "If you go to a private cloud, you have none of these benefits," Jassy said.

Terry Wise, director of global alliances, ecosystem and channel, told CRN that for partners, "there's just opportunity everywhere."

And CEO Jeff Bezos (pictured) said AWS's commitment to low margins will help it win the cloud game in the long run. "High margins cover a lot of sinners," Bezos said. "We've spent 18 years [operating with low margins] so it's deeply ingrained in our culture."

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