Jeff Bezos never looked so buff. By November 2000, it was becoming clear that the IT infrastructure of fast-growing Amazon.com was, in our words, "in serious need of bulking up." To drive that point home, we superimposed Bezos's smiling face on the body of Charles Atlas and put a cartoon image of the Amazon CEO on the cover of our magazine. At the time, Amazon had doubled tech spending over nine months, from $102 million to $200 million. The money was going toward a new data warehouse, logistics and marketing software, Web infrastructure and a second data center. The upgrades were needed to support the company's booming Web-based retail operations, but they also became the foundation of a new business, Amazon Web Services. Amazon had just begun "decoupling" system components to let other e-commerce companies integrate AWS's site features into their own sites. By 2003, Amazon would draft a business plan for sharing more of its functionality as services through APIs. The next year, it introduced its first public cloud offering, Simple Queue Service. Today, Amazon still doesn't break out the revenue it generates from cloud and other IT-based services, but analysts put it above $2 billion annually.
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IT Strategies to Conquer the CloudChances are your organization is adopting cloud computing in one way or another -- or in multiple ways. Understanding the skills you need and how cloud affects IT operations and networking will help you adapt.