Last week Amazon Web Services (AWS) held its yearly re:Invent and it was, as always, revelatory. As I said to one fellow attendee, you go to VMWorld to see the future of old IT, and re:Invent to see the future of new IT.
If you’re interested in the future of new IT, here are three things that re:Invent made clear regarding AWS:
1. AWS goes mainstream
Over the years, many people have denigrated AWS as a service primarily used by startups and SMBs. If ever that were true, re:Invent 2015 made clear AWS is now squarely in the mainstream of IT.
The most obvious evidence of this was the size of the event – 19,000 attendees, up 50 percent since 2014. And the attendee look and conversational topics of hallway discussions made clear that this audience was largely made up of enterprise IT personnel.
AWS took pains to hammer this home with keynote presentations by Capital One, GE, and John Deere, each of which vouchsafed their commitment to AWS. The GE CIO said "AWS is our trusted partner who's going to run our company for the next 140 years" and noted that it’s planning on shifting thousands of applications to AWS so that it can reduce its data center inventory from 34 to four.