Amazon said Amazon Web Services (AWS) revenue rose nearly 43 percent to almost $3.7 billion in the first quarter of 2017.
AWS contributes 10 percent of corporate revenue of Amazon in the first quarter.
“The business unit’s revenue growth sequentially, however, was significantly muted by the full-quarter impact of service price cuts made effective December 1, 2016,” said Meaghan McGrath, analyst at Technology Business Review.
The company expects to further accelerate investment in new service innovation. Services outside AWS’ core PaaS and IaaS proficiencies, similar to the recently-launched Amazon Connect and Amazon Chime services, will continue to be announced as AWS looks for new avenues to counter growth deceleration from the scaling IaaS and PaaS revenue base and related price reductions.
Amazon said its net sales increased 23 percent to $35.7 billion in the first quarter against $29.1 billion in first quarter 2016. Amazon’s net income was $724 million in the first quarter, or $1.48 per diluted share, compared with net income of $513 million, or $1.07 per diluted share, in first quarter 2016.
Amazon.in is the fastest growing marketplace in India, and the most visited site on both desktop and mobile, according to analytics firms comScore and SimilarWeb. Amazon.in mobile shopping app is the most downloaded shopping app in India, according to app analytics firm App Annie.
Amazon recently announced a new clean energy initiative to install large-scale solar systems on fulfillment center rooftops around the world. The company plans to complete installations on 15 facilities in the U.S. by the end of 2017, and complete the deployment of solar systems on 50 global fulfillment and sortation centers by 2020.
AWS announced Amazon Connect, a cloud-based contact center service that is based on the same contact center technology used by Amazon customer service associates around the world to power millions of customer conversations.
AWS will open an infrastructure region with three Availability Zones in Sweden in 2018. AWS currently operates 42 Availability Zones across 16 infrastructure regions worldwide, with another five Availability Zones across two AWS Regions in France and China expected to come online this year.
Recent AWS enterprise customer wins
Live Nation, a live entertainment and ticketing company, is using AWS.
Dunkin’ Brands Group, the parent company of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, migrated their business-critical mobile applications, e-commerce websites, and key corporate IT infrastructure applications to AWS.
HERE Technologies, a global provider of maps and location services, is using AWS as its cloud infrastructure provider and continues to expand its use of AWS to power its new Open Location Platform services.
Liberty Mutual is using AWS to speed implementation of a new business platform to quickly bring new products and capabilities to their customers and operations.
Snap expanded its use of AWS and announced a new, enterprise agreement to use $1 billion of AWS services over the next five years.
AWS launched Redshift Spectrum, a new feature of Amazon Redshift that allows customers to run queries on exabytes of data in Amazon S3 just as easily as they run queries against petabytes of data stored in their Amazon Redshift data warehouse.
AWS announced that customers have migrated more than 23,000 databases using the AWS Database Migration Service since it became generally available in 2016.
AWS announced the availability of Amazon Lex, artificial intelligence (AI) technologies that power Amazon Alexa available to all developers. American Heart Association, Capital One, Freshdesk, Hubspot, Liberty Mutual, NASA, Ohio Health, and Vonage are among the customers using Amazon Lex.
AWS collaborated with NASA to deliver video ever broadcast live from space during a keynote presentation at the 2017 National Association of Broadcasters Show in Las Vegas.