Amazon Web Services CEO Andy Jassy advocates companies use a single cloud vendor and that AWS will stay ahead of the competition
The world's largest online retailer Amazon.com Inc. became the fastest company to reach $100 billion in annual sales in 2016. Chief executive Jeff Bezos believes that the company's cloud business, Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS), too, will touch $10 billion in annual revenue this year—a conviction that prompted him to talk about how "dissimilar offerings like AWS and Amazon retail can grow quickly under one roof" in his letter to the company's shareholders on 6 April.
That very month, Bezos appointed Jeff Wilke CEO of Worldwide Consumers and made Andy Jassy CEO of Amazon Web Services in "recognition of the roles they have played for a while". Both are seen as likely successors to Bezos.
Andy Jassy, 48 Jassy leads the Amazon Web Services business and the Technology Infrastructure organization for Amazon.com Inc. He earned his bachelor's degree from Harvard University and his master's in business administration from Harvard Business School. In an interview on his first trip to India after taking charge as CEO of the world's biggest cloud services company, Jassy explains why he believes that enterprise data centres are doomed, why he advocates that companies use a single cloud vendor and why AWS will stay ahead of the competition. Edited excerpts:
What's your India agenda?
We have over 75,000 customers in India that are using AWS from regions outside of India. So, we have launched our Mumbai region, which will be the sixth region in Asia-Pacific. The Mumbai region will have multiple data centres. Our clients can now leverage the AWS cloud to run their technology applications from infrastructure in India, and we can provide even lower latency to India-based end users, while they retain data sovereignty.
You have been with Amazon for 19 years. Tell us a bit about the shifts in the cloud business...