When AWS launched 15 years ago, very few expected it to have the kind of impact on the world that it has.  “According to Right Scale’s annual State of the Cloud Report for 2019, 91% of businesses used public cloud and 72% used a private one. Most enterprises actually utilize both options – with 69% of them opting for a hybrid cloud solution.”  With these types of adoption rates, it is clear that the cloud plays a major role in effectively running a business, which is saying something for a technology that didn’t exist two decades ago.  In celebration of AWS’s 15-year anniversary, here we take a look at a brief history of AWS and what to expect from this year’s Pi week.

A Brief History Of AWS

In 2000, “Amazon.com, the parent company of the as yet nonexistent AWS, begins work on merchant.com, an e-commerce platform intended for use by other large retailers such as Target Corporation. In the process, Amazon’s team realizes that they need to decouple their code better, with cleaner interfaces and access APIs. Around the same time, the company also realizes the need to build infrastructure-as-a-service internally, to improve the speed of development and not have it bottlenecked by infrastructure availability. All these changes help pave the way for AWS.”

In 2003, “Benjamin Black and Chris Pinkham write a short paper describing a vision for Amazon infrastructure that, in Black’s words, “was completely standardized, completely automated, and relied extensively on web services for things like storage.””

Amazon S3 was launched 15 years ago on Pi Day, March 14, 2006, and created the first generally available AWS service. Over that time, data storage and usage has exploded, and the world has never been the same.”

In 2006, “AWS releases its first product in the categories of storage (Amazon S3), compute (Amazon EC2), database (Amazon SimpleDB), and data flow (Amazon Simple Queue Service). The service remains in beta, in only one region, without the concept of availability zones.”

AWS was first to market with a modern cloud infrastructure service when it launched Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud in August, 2006. Surprisingly, it took several years before a competitor responded. As such, they control a vast amount of market share, at least for now. Rest assured, some very well-heeled competitors like Microsoft, Google, IBM and others are gunning for them.”

AWS Pi Week 4-day Live, Virtual Event From March 15-18, 2021

The event is ideal for anyone who is eager to learn more about:

  • How S3 and other AWS services are architected for availability and durability inside AWS Regions and Availability Zones
  • How S3’s strong consistency model works to support many different workloads
  • The history of and best practices for S3 data security
  • How AWS architects evolvable services that provide new features and greater scalability with no disruption to customers
  • Detailed ways to move data into and out of the AWS Cloud

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Mar 8 21
Michael Auer