If you’re at all familiar with cloud computing, you know Amazon Web Services is a giant – but just how big is AWS? There are a number of measures of the size of a cloud business like Amazon’s –– here are answers to just a few of those questions.

How big is AWS’s staff?

While numbers for employees of Amazon as a whole are reported in the company’s quarterly earnings reports (630,600 as of Q1 2019), the number of those under AWS is less clear. 

AWS has just over 40,000 employees listed on LinkedIn, but of course, that’s not the most accurate measure. By eyeballing the operating expenses reported for the AWS segment compared to Amazon’s business as a whole, you could estimate up to 62,000, but it’s likely lower than that. As of this writing, AWS has 12,280 full-time job openings listed on their website, while Amazon as a whole has 32,454 openings.

We’ll be interested to see how this is affected by HQ2 joining ParkMyCloud’s neighborhood in Northern Virginia later this year.

How big is AWS’s infrastructure?

AWS has 66 availability zones within 21 geographic regions around the world. Each availability zone consists of one to dozens of individual data centers. To visualize these data centers, check out AWS’s exploration of them here

How big is AWS’s list of products?

When we last counted in April, there were 170 unique services listed on AWS’s offerings page, and there could certainly be more by now. These range from core compute products like EC2 to newer releases like AWS Deepracer for machine learning. Look for a spike in this count after AWS re:Invent in early December, as the cloud provider tends to save up announcements for its yearly user conference. 

Speaking of…

How big is AWS re:Invent?

In 2018, AWS re:Invent pulled 52,000 attendees, and AWS estimates a crowd of 62,000 for 2019, each year taking up a large portion of the Las Vegas Strip.

In comparison, Microsoft Ignite expects 25,000 attendees this year, Google Cloud Next estimated 30,000 attendees, and VMworld estimates 21,000 attendees. Then again, Salesforce’s Dreamforce 2018 drew 170,000 attendees, and Consumer Electronics Show (CES) reports 175,212 attendees for 2019. So while AWS re:Invent may be large for a cloud-specific conference, it’s not quite a giant as far as tech shows go. 

How big is AWS’s market share?

When looking at public cloud, it’s clear AWS still holds the largest portion of the market. A recent report put AWS at 47% of the market, with the next-closest competitor as Azure at 22%. More about AWS vs. Azure vs. Google cloud market share.

How big is AWS’s revenue?

For Q1 2019, AWS reported sales of $7.7 billion, showing consistent growth and the largest of any of the cloud service providers. For the full year of 2018, AWS reported $25.7 billion in revenue – that’s more than McDonald’s. Additionally, AWS has $16 billion or more in backlog revenue from contracts for future services. It is a growing proportion of Amazon’s business. In fact:

How big is AWS as a portion of Amazon?

In first quarter reports, AWS contributed about 50% of Amazon’s overall operating income, with an operating margin of 29%. Overall, AWS is growing as a contributor to Amazon’s income and growth. More here.

So how big is AWS? It’s up to you how you want to measure, but suffice it to say: big.

About Katy Stalcup

Katy Stalcup is the Director of Marketing for ParkMyCloud, where she’s responsible for a wide variety of content development, campaigns, and events. Since ParkMyCloud's founding, she's evangelized its message of simple cost savings and automation (seriously, in the words of one of our customers, "There is literally no reason not to use ParkMyCloud"). Katy is a Northern Virginia native who is happy to contribute to the region’s growing reputation as an East Coast gathering point for technology innovation - particularly as a graduate of the Alexandria, VA Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. She also earned bachelor’s degrees in communication and psychology from Virginia Tech. In her free time, she enjoys reading novels, playing strategy board games, and travel both near and far.

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