Strong Amazon Earnings Include Some Cloud Chatter
Amazon.con‘s Q2 2011 financial results were impressive, with sales up a head-turning 51% to $9.91 billion. As usual, most of that monetary gain is from e-retail revenue. But Amazon also discussed some cloud milestones — involving Amazon Web Services, of course — as part of the earnings announcement.
Much of the Amazon Q2 earnings statement feels very familiar: The Kindle earned the most lip service, while Amazon kept the cloud announcements towards the bottom of its list of highlights and reserved the most praise for Amazon Cloud Drive. Here’s what Amazon had to say about its cloud milestones, along with some links back to Talkin’ Cloud’s related coverage:
- Amazon Web Services (AWS) and SAP announced that AWS has been certified as a global technology partner of SAP. Customers can now deploy a variety of SAP solutions in full production environments including SAP(R) Rapid Deployment and SAP(R) BusinessObjects(TM).
- AWS announced the availability of Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) for Oracle databases, allowing customers to easily set up, operate and scale fully managed Oracle databases in the cloud.
- AWS lowered prices for the fifteenth time in four years by eliminating inbound Internet data transfer costs and reducing outbound data transfer costs.
Not a huge amount, I know. But with some analysts expect Amazon Web Services to generate $1 billion or more in annual revenues by 2012. So, I suspect Amazon will say more and more about AWS during its earnings calls. But for now, as it was earlier this year, Amazon remains fast-growing e-tail company that also has one of the most promising cloud strategies in the industry…