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Recently Deutsche Bank estimated that AWS sales could reach $16.2 billion by the end of 2017. That would make AWS worth $160 billion, the analysts said, and Amazon’s single most-valuable business — even more than the retail unit that put Amazon on the map.

Source: CNN

Date: November 10th, 2015

Link: http://money.cnn.com/2015/11/04/technology/amazon-aws-160-billion-dollars/index.html

Discussion

1) “Amazon launched AWS as a way to make money from the excess capacity of its server farms. (The company now has dedicated servers to support its many customers.)”  In order to have enough server to deal with Cyber Monday and the Christmas shopping season Amazon had to have huge server capacity, capacity which went largely unused the rest of the year.  What other companies have to deal with large ranges of IT infrastructure needs, such as servers?

2) How could the companies you’ve identified in part 1 above provide cloud-based services to other companies using their spare capacity?

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