A large number of companies across the globe are in the process of stripping down their data centers and taking advantage of emerging cloud technologies and it is such companies that have helped Amazon Web Services to win business worldwide.
However, there is a very different reason for some companies to change from a server based IT structure to a cloud based IT structure and that reason is climate change.
Scores of businesses have been left hapless due to their inability to inability to retrieve critical data after massive storms and earthquakes in recent years have instantly wiped out technical infrastructures of such companies – from New Jersey to Japan.
And hence in order to ensure that data is backed up and always accessible, such companies are turning to the cloud and to the company, Amazon Chief Technology Officer Werner Vogels said in a TV interview recently.
“Given the massive typhoons that have hit the country time after time,” banks and telecommunications companies in the Philippines have been swarming into AWS facilities in Singapore of late, Vogels said while speaking in an interview from the AWS Summit in San Francisco.
Transitioning to the cloud becomes an easier sell to big businesses as Amazon expands its global network of data centers. In addition to a Paris data center opening this year and another in Stockholm in 2018, AWS already has facilities in 16 regions around the world.
“If a calamity happens in one of those regions, they can move their customers to another region,” Vogels said.
Amazon said in its annual report that the bulk of its infrastructure investment has been to support AWS as the company has recently boosted its capital expenditures by 46 percent in 2016 to $6.7 billion.
While there’s no denying the trend is pushing companies into its doors, but the fact is that AWS wasn’t created to address natural disasters. NASA predicts that the number of powerful storms will increase as warming continues in the near future even as last year was the warmest on record.
Vogels said a group of nearby customers “that became interested in backing up their data on the West Coas” caused a surge in demand for cloud services and this was noticed by an AWS client that builds backup solutions after Hurricane Sandy in 2012 on the New Jersey coast. And even more companies there started moving to AWS following the devastating earthquake in Japan a year earlier.
Vogels is expected to update customers and developers on the company’s advancements in services like artificial intelligence at the AWS Summit where he is expected to deliver a keynote address.
(Adapted from CNBC)