Since the government’s announcement that they were conducting digital surveillance on a nationwide scale, it was predicted that the amount of “cloud” users would eventually decrease due to the extra watchful eye. Surprisingly, this isn’t the case, and Amazon’s numbers have been steadily increasing. The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, estimated that cloud companies could lose $25 to $35 billion dollars in foreign business, and figured people would rather run their businesses on their own computers instead of in the cloud with the NSA watching their every move. But the cloud keeps growing.
According to an independent researcher, Huan Liu, Amazon’s operation grew by a whopping 62 percent over the past two years. Since news of the heightened security hit in 2013, growth has been steady, with a huge increase since December. Amazon hasn’t disclosed how many servers they have, or how much money they make — even for us, as an AWS Boston Advanced Consulting Partner, can we get that info! A couple years ago, Liu estimated that Amazon has 450,000 servers based on an assumption of 64 servers in a rack. Amazon has data centers in various geographical locations, with U.S. Eastern regions being superior to other ones.
Well, NSA, you don’t scare us. It looks like the cloud isn’t going anywhere, anytime soon.