Global leader: Jeff Bezos, president, CEO and chairman of the board
Local leader: Shane Owenby, managing director, Asia Pacific
Core activity: Infrastructure web services for companies to build their businesses and run applications in the cloud
Revenue: US$24.5 billion (Amazon FY2008 to 2009, ended June 30)
Key customers: NASA, Nasdaq, Netflix, Virgin Atlantic Airways
Employees: 28,300 (Amazon)
Amazon Web Services, a wholly-owned subsidiary of internet retail giant Amazon, has expanded its services into Asia-Pacific. In April the first Amazon Web Services Asia Pacific Region opened in Singapore, enabling its customers to access AWS infrastructure services from multiple availability zones.
It also introduced Cluster Compute Instances — a service specifically designed for high-performance computing applications — for its commercial web service Amazon EC2. The company added a service level agreement to its cloud-based content delivery service CloudFront. If the availability of a user’s content drops below 99.9 percent in any given month, it can apply for a credit equal to 10 percent of the monthly bill.
Anushkar Mohinani and Mikael Ricknäs, IDGNS
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