Another AWS re:Invent Day One is behind us and yesterday was packed with exciting announcements and presentations. Additionally, it’s been the most crowded conference to date with 32,000 people in attendance – it’s great to see so many people are interested in the cloud and supportive of AWS. Here are a few highlights from the first day of the conference that our team took note of:
AWS shared a plethora of announcements at its Global Partner Summit including the AWS Service Delivery Program, the APN Public Sector Partner Program, and the VMware Cloud on AWS Partner Program – that will support and differentiate APN partners who provide solutions and expertise for specific services, workloads, and industry verticals. Amazon also announced a new Partner Solutions Finder which enables AWS customers to easily search, discover, and connect with APN Partners based on their business needs.
“There’s never been a better time to be an APN Partner. Customers are turning to the AWS Cloud to address an increasingly broad set of needs across their organizations, which translates to business opportunities for the APN partners that help them achieve their goals,” said Dorothy Copeland, General Manager, Global Partner Programs, AWS. “This is why we continue to invest in programs that help APN Partners differentiate based on the specialized value they provide to customers. AWS Competencies and other APN distinctions help customers know that an APN Partner can deliver the right expertise, solution, or technology for the job.”
Stemming from that news, we announced today that we’re being recognized in two of these new programs. (Read More: Datapipe News at re:Invent: New Designations and Partner Program Recognitions from AWS). Also, if you missed out on our news announced yesterday, be sure to read more on Trebuchet™.
And to read further on the complete AWS news, see here.
Fun Facts Heard at the Conference
- Every day, AWS is deploying almost enough capacity that they could have powered Amazon back in 2005, when it was still an $8.5 billion enterprise.
- The world’s leading enterprises trust APN Partners to help them achieve the agility benefits of the AWS Cloud. In fact, the majority of the Fortune 500 and over 90 percent of Fortune 100 companies utilize APN Partner solutions and services.
- AWS is on track to surpass 40% renewable energy by the end of 2016, and is aiming to be powered by more than 50% renewable energy in 2017.
- AWS revenues rose 55 percent to $3.2 billion, compared to $2.1 billion a year ago.
“Right now, AWS is dominating the game in cloud and taking customers away from existing leaders by constantly lowering prices and at the same time increasing the numbers of cloud services available for customers — all while producing outstanding financial performance,” said Dave Vellante, chief research officer at Wikibon.
- IoT – validating the trend that’s been increasingly talked about of late, AWS launched the Internet of Things (IoT) Competency to recognize partners in the AWS Partner Network (APN) that have deep expertise with IoT. Andy Jassy, chief executive officer of AWS said: “IoT is a generational opportunity that’s just exploding. IoT is one of the fastest-growing and adopted types of new paradigm shifts that you’ve seen in a long time. And a lot of it is because the device manufacturers are highly incented to actually build in the cloud because it leads to additional capabilities. If you look at what people already are doing on top of AWS in the IoT space, most of the big implementations are on top of AWS are coming in the form of IoT.” We’ll be interested to see how this space continues to evolve as we move forward into 2017.
- Machine Learning/Big Data – in conjunction with the first AWS Mini-Con, the buzz was all about big data and machine learning. While nothing has officially been announced yet, a recent Fortune piece from Barb Darrow predicts that AWS execs are expected to talk about how they will make the machine learning technology that powers Alexa, Amazon.com’s popular personal assistant, available to more developers. We’ll be watching closely today and tomorrow to see what AWS has in store for us.
And finally, be sure to check out AWS’ live streams of the latest notable keynotes and sessions to stay up to date throughout the week: https://reinvent.awsevents.com/live-streaming/. Check back here for more analysis and highlights from our team throughout the conference.