Amazon Web Services maintains big sales and profits growth

30 April 2021 | Antony Savvas

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Amazon Web Services grew its business 32% in the first quarter ended 31 March, beating growth in the fourth quarter and almost matching the sales growth it saw a year ago, which stood at 33%.

Net sales were $13.5 billion, and quarterly operating income jumped over $1 billion from $3 billion to $4.1 billion.

Both Microsoft and Google reported higher quarterly cloud sales growth earlier this week at 50% and 46%, respectively. But the growth AWS is seeing as a 15-year-old business - and the global leader in terms of market share - is still impressive.

During the quarter and since, AWS announced a number of deals and data centre capacity enhancements to generate further growth.

In telecoms, DISH is leveraging AWS’ infrastructure to build a cloud-based, 5G Open Radio Access Network (O-RAN) to support data from the cloud to the edge. And The Walt Disney Company recently said it was working with AWS on the expansion of its Disney+ service to more than 100 million subscribers around the world.

Continental is also collaborating with AWS to develop the Continental Automotive Edge Platform (CAEdge), which will allow auto-makers to develop, deploy and manage code to run connected and autonomous vehicles.

In addition, AWS has launched a second full region in Japan - the AWS Asia Pacific (Osaka) Region. The new region consists of three Availability Zones and joins the existing 25 Availability Zones in eight AWS Regions across the Asia Pacific region.

In total, AWS has 80 Availability Zones across 25 geographic regions, with plans to launch 15 more Availability Zones and five more AWS Regions in Australia, India, Indonesia, Spain and Switzerland.

Adam Selipsky is set to become the new AWS CEO, after Andy Jassy moves to take over from Jeff Bezos as the Amazon group CEO later this year.