back to article Amazon cloud double fluffs in 2011

Being the touchstone for cloud computing, online retailing giant Amazon wants to brag about its compute, storage, and other cloud services that are sold under the Amazon Web Services brand. For whatever reason – probably to obscure the costs and possibly the profits of the AWS subsidiary – Amazon has not broken out the business …


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  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    It worked

    Congrats, El Reg. I freely admit I only clicked this story because of the picture on the main page.

    Surely I'm not the only one?

    1. Pete 8
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      I could stare at clouds all day :)

  2. The Serpent

    Me too

    That is all

  3. No ah!Compute
    IT Angle

    +.5 I actually have a free AWS account somewhere so that's .5 for Amazon, .5 for jungle bikini's.

    Total thus far = 1.5

  4. E 2

    All that stuff in S3!

    That's only a part of my Internet porn collection!

  5. tonysmith

    is there a reason

    why a lot of big tech companies are moving/opening data centres in Brazil?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: is there a reason


    2. Enrico Vanni

      There is a reason why a lot of big companies (tech and otherwise) have their eye on Brazil. Brazil has a growing economy, largely because they don't prostrate themselves at the alter of AGW.

  6. Martin Ryan

    what decade are you in?

    Please El Reg do us all a favour and stop using pictures of women's bodies alongside your stories. It is degrading to women and insulting to us your audience who are implicated through association. Thanks.

    1. Will Godfrey Silver badge

      Actually, I thought it was a very clever (and witty) device to underline the fact that with cloud issues you never get to see the whole picture.

  7. Mark Hahn

    speculate on AWS margins?

    I was looking at AWS prices recently, and even comparing to retail prices for servers, space, power, networking, I don't see how AWS could run at less than 20x markup. that's pretty amazing, even compared to, oh, say Apple. could it be that AWS gives incredibly steep discounts to large customers? or could they have some kind of exorbitant hidden costs?

    AWS costs between $250 and $700 per year per ECU; purchasing your own servers, running them for 3 years, and throwing them away will cost you somewhere around $50/ECU-year. if you get hardware at wholesale and build/operate your own datacenters, the cost is probably close to half that.

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Well Martin, if that's insulting....

    .... I'm going to have to look into being insulted on a regular basis.

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