Enjoying a beer at my favorite brewery over the holidays, my neighbor at the bar told me that Amazon's largest revenue comes from their server space rentals. Who knew??? As consumers we have our eyes on all the products that they sell these days. There are actually people out there who buy virtually everything from the retail giant, from diapers to Xbox. How nice is it as consumers to order something Thursday night after talking to someone at a Thanksgiving dinner and have it on our door step Saturday? I have since learned that Amazon has been busy offering cloud services for more than a decade!
In 2006, Amazon launched their Web Services S3 offering. Wikipedia reports, "Amazon S3 provides storage through web services interfaces (REST, SOAP, and BitTorrent). Amazon S3 is reported to store more than 2 trillion objects as of April 2013. S3 uses include web hosting, image hosting, and storage for backup systems. S3 guarantees 99.9% monthly uptime service-level agreement.”
At the same time Amazon also launched Amazon Web Services (AWS). Wikipedia describes it as, "…a subsidiary of Amazon.com that provides on-demand cloud computing platforms to individuals, companies and governments, on a paid subscription basis with a free-tier option available for 12 months. The technology allows subscribers to have at their disposal a full-fledged virtual cluster of computers, available all the time, through the internet."
And if that wasn't enough there is Amazon Marketplace Web Service (Amazon MWS). Described by Amazon as, "…an integrated web service API that helps Amazon sellers to programmatically exchange data on listings, orders, payments, reports, and more. Data integration with Amazon enables high levels of selling automation, which can help sellers grow their business. By using Amazon MWS, sellers can increase selling efficiency, reduce labor requirements, and improve response time to customers.”
While Amazon continues to dominate the online world, they have now stepped into the brick and mortal retail space by acquiring Whole Foods Market and this last summer also opened their first brick and mortar Amazon store in NYC, The Shops at Columbus Circle. Go figure! Then there is Walmart who rules the brick and mortal retail environment. Walmart just bought Jet.com to bolster their online world by trying to offer something similar to Amazon Prime. Furthermore, Walmart has been offering online sales from many retailers, including Wayfair and Hayneedle for some time now. The race is on for the consumers’ business on both fronts.
The list goes on to put pressure on the organization to integrate - Salesforce, social media, Shopify, etc. Just when it was a lot to integrate with EDI, APIs are becoming common place in the market.
Thanks to our choice to integrate with ECS and Delta - a Liaison Small Medium Business (SMB) Enterprise Integration Suite, we take integration seriously. Regardless of whether it is application to application disparate systems (A2A), Application to Web (A2W) or Business to Business (B2B), yes EDI, we proudly are glad to show off our toolbox to support clients in all their enterprise integration requirements. Then when you bust out and cannot support your integration on one server, ECS/Delta can load balance between servers.
The day has come where IT needs to support internal and external requirements with an increasing speed of agility. Whether it is ECS/Delta, Liaison Alloy, Amazon or any other cloud crowd, we are there to make your life easier and ready to serve you in this increasingly complex and competitive environment. Get started by contacting us for a consultation!
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