Amazon’s primary claim to fame is online retail – beginning with books, remember? – and the company has been very effective at growing that side of its business. So effective, in fact, that it’s easy to mistake the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud-based computing platform as little more than a way for Amazon to make use of excess computing capacity. That underestimates the resources that Amazon is putting into AWS, and the affect the company is having on the future of computing.
If that assumption were ever true, it’s now a long-obsolete concept. Amazon