Amazon Web Services did about $7 billion of revenue in 2015. Sounds like a lot, but I can only comprehend big numbers like that in a comparison. So let’s try to put those numbers in perspective:
As I am familiar with technology and other toy companies, let us compare this $7 billion of AWS with some other companies like VMware, NetApp, Avaya and Toys ‘R’ Us :
revenue per year in 100 million USD
This $7 billion is only a small part of Amazon of course. Mother-ship Amazon’s total revenue is $100 billion, comparable with Microsoft doing $90 billion : Microsoft in blue & Amazon – last 2 year
To put those numbers in perspective:
Gartner estimated recently that Amazon Web Services offers 10 times as much computing capacity as the next 14 players in the market, combined.
(yes 10 x all the other players in the Magic Quadrant including Microsoft and Google)
Due to it’s pace of growth AWS is on track to be a $50 billion business by 2020. That’s about the size of Cisco and Coca-Cola.
The amount of servers is unknown. What we do know:
- in 2014 AWS had 1.4 million servers (implies a profit of 3000 USD per server in 2014)
- Garner estimates AWS to have more then 2 milliion servers
- AWS servers are spread over 28 zones
- typical datacenter has over 80.000 servers
So let us conclude:
AWS is utterly massive.