The world's largest cloud provider didn't cede an inch of dominance over the industry in 2017, fending off determined hyper-scale competitors with an unwavering dedication to innovation while also advancing partnerships reflecting its acceptance of a hybrid cloud world.
Remarkably, AWS stepped up its frenetic pace of development in 2017, and by the end of the year had added about 1,000 new features and services to its cloud platform, including several delivering advanced artificial intelligence capabilities. By the close of the third quarter, AWS revenue remained higher than the next five providers in the market as the division closed in on a $20 billion run rate.
But 2017 wasn't all rosy for the cloud leader.
Early in the year, a massive S3 storage outage wreaked havoc across the Internet. The public relations impact was exacerbated when the cause turned out to be an embarrassing human error. And throughout the year, a series of customers failed to protect sensitive data stored in S3 buckets, resulting in high-profile exposures of private information that, through no fault of Amazon's, still cast a negative light on its cloud.
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