• Amazon launches home services section

    AmazonUS only at the moment, but bound to head here after a period of testing.
     
    Amazon started out as an online bookstore, but has since expanded into selling almost any physical goods you can think of. But the company believes a lot of the stuff people buy on Amazon are things they could actually use help assembling, installing, or learning to enjoy.
     
    "...We'll sell things like TVs, toilets, and sinks." a company spokesman said. It's launching with 700 different services, from the ordinary to the esoteric, everything from installing a garbage disposal to renting you a goat herd that will graze away the unwanted vegetation on your property.
  • Inside Amazon's Cloud - Where Some Wintercorn Clients Live

    amazonwebservicesAs cloud computing has emerged as the new paradigm for computing at scale, Amazon has firmly established itself as the dominant player.
     
    After effectively creating the public cloud market with the launch of Amazon Web Services in 2006, the retailer has built AWS into a $6 billion a year business.
     
    Amazon operates at least 30 data centers in its global network, with another 10 to 15 on the drawing board. Amazon doesn’t disclose the full scope of its infrastructure, but third-party estimates peg its U.S. data center network at about 600 megawatts of IT capacity.