The brand new AWS Europe (Zurich) Area and 16 years of Swiss innovation

A while in the past, I wrote to you about our plans to launch a brand new AWS Area in Switzerland. The wait is over. Beginning as we speak, now you can use the AWS Europe (Zurich) Area.

I’ve been considering so much recently about how the cloud, and extra particularly AWS, has developed since we first launched in 2006. Again then the cloud was a spot. It was a single spot that you possibly can level to on a map. For Amazon, that place was us-east-1 in North Virginia. Now the cloud is in all places – it’s round us. AWS covers 6 continents, 28 Areas, and 90 Availability Zones. Entry to infrastructure is now not a bottleneck for innovation. However this wasn’t at all times the case.

For a very long time, the largest constraint on innovation was the price to buy and function {hardware} at scale. With the cloud, this constraint disappeared nearly in a single day. {Hardware} turned a programmable useful resource that you possibly can spin up and spin down at a second’s discover. AWS gave you entry to as a lot capability as you needed, everytime you needed it – and for the primary time, it was reasonably priced. In the event you can think about it, again in 2006 we solely had a single EC2 occasion, the m1.small. At this time, there are nicely over 500 cases, all the pieces from large reminiscence machines to Apple M1s (and for the historical past buffs, here is a timeline of EC2 releases).

We’ve got by no means seemed again. We’ve got by no means stopped innovating for our clients.

One thing that I’ve observed through the years, is that the concepts that dramatically change the best way that we take into consideration or do issues are hardly ever novel. Somewhat, they’re typically a mixture of an current idea with a brand new strategy, a brand new expertise, a brand new functionality.

Whereas I used to be in Zurich for Swiss Cloud Day, I had an opportunity to fulfill with Verity, an AWS buyer that’s reimagining warehouse logistics. Now, everyone knows that utilizing robotic techniques in warehouses is nothing new – we use them extensively at Amazon. They assist people kind objects into bins, choose merchandise off of cabinets, and robotically bundle them for supply. Nevertheless, Verity is constructing on this.

They’ve created a totally autonomous stock administration system. Self-flying drones geared up with environmental sensors and cameras can repeatedly monitor a warehouse offering real-time stock monitoring that’s extraordinarily correct. In lots of circumstances, it utterly removes the necessity to manually rely inventory and reduces the necessity to run equipment related to it. This frees up workers to carry out extra useful duties, reduces danger, and saves energy on the similar time. And that is simply the beginning, extra information will reveal further insights and alternatives for patrons. AWS is offering the providers that enable Verity to deal with making warehouses greener, safer, and extra environment friendly, not on operating and sustaining infrastructure.

If I’m being sincere, that is the kind of innovation I’ve come to count on from our Swiss clients. You’ve been with us from our earliest days and I’m excited to see what you construct subsequent.