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Devastating weather conditions push some companies to AWS, CTO – Amazon

Devastating weather conditions push some companies to AWS, CTO – Amazon

The emerging cloud technologies are enabling companies to move away from on-premise data centers to cloud-based DC(s).While this is the major reason behind excessive cloud migration but lately, some clients have been signing-in on cloud due to a totally different reason – the climate change.

The recent years have been witnessing massive storms and earthquakes from New Jersey to Japan, leaving infrastructure destroyed and in an irretrievable state. Most organizations are now favoring cloud for data backup and improved accessibility, Werger Vogels – CTO, Amazon, told to a news channel.

During the AWS summit in San Francisco, Vogels said that many banking and telecommunication firms in the Philippines have been adopting AWS facilities in Singapore, “given the massive typhoons that have hit the country time after time.

Amazon has been widening its datacenters reach to cover most of the important regions, making cloud transition an easy sell to big companies. It has 16 regions around the world, currently. It also plans to open a new DC in Paris this year followed by another in Stockholm in 2018.

Vogels said, “If a calamity happens in one of those regions, they can move their customers to another region.”
Amazon advanced its capital expenditures by 46 percent in 2016 to $6.7 billion, and the company in its annual report said that these investments on infrastructure has been incurred to support AWS.
Though the primary aim of AWS was not to provide a disaster recovery alternative, but the current trend is making companies knock its doors. While the last year was warmest on record, NASA has predicted that the storms would increase as warming surges.

Vogels talking about the trend, also shared an incident from past where during the Hurricane Sandy in 2012 on the New Jersey coast, an AWS client that provided backup solution, saw a huge number of request from the nearby customers “that became interested in backing up their data on the West Coast.” Similarly in Japan, soon after the earthquake people started moving to AWS.

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