The 10 Biggest AWS Stories Of 2017
9. GE Preferred
General Electric in October conferred on AWS the official designation of "preferred cloud provider."
While the industrial giant had long been a notable customer, the "preferred" designation telegraphed an even stronger commitment to AWS in lieu of maintaining its own data centers or leveraging other hyper-scale providers.
GE CTO Chris Drumgoole said AWS would help the company "refocus" its resources on innovation.
GE began moving its enterprise applications to the cloud in 2014, and more than 2,000 applications have already migrated to public infrastructure from various business units, including GE Power, GE Aviation, GE Healthcare, GE Transportation and GE Digital.
GE will migrate thousands more as it looks to leverage AWS' analytics and machine learning services.