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The Rise and Rise of Amazon Web Services

In the last eight months, AWS's tally of web-facing computers has grown by more than a third, according to Netcraft

According to Netcraft, the number of web-facing computers deployed by Amazon has grown more than thirty-fold in just four years.

Netcraft found 4,600 Amazon-controlled web-facing computers in May 2009; but in May 2013, it found 158,000 web-facing computers, on 164,000 IP addresses.

Amazon's Elastic Compute service, EC2, provides on-demand virtual-computer instances billed per hour and is currently available from all nine AWS regions. Notable EC2 users include Netflix, Instagram, and the DuckDuckGo search engine.

The number of websites hosted on Amazon's 158,000 web-facing computers has also increased, Netcraft noted - from 6.8M in September 2012 to 11.6M in May 2013, a 71% increase.

Amazon's CTO Werner Vogels gave the first ever Cloud Expo opening keynote, in November 2008 in San Jose, California.

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Jeremy Geelan is Chairman & CEO of the 21st Century Internet Group, Inc. and an Executive Academy Member of the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences. Formerly he was President & COO at Cloud Expo, Inc. and Conference Chair of the worldwide Cloud Expo series. He appears regularly at conferences and trade shows, speaking to technology audiences across six continents. You can follow him on twitter: @jg21.

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