$1 billion for a cloud data center? Wrong.
It's been reported in the business press that it costs $1 billion to build a cloud data center. Yet Amazon plans to build in effect two data centers in every major country in the world, its exectives said as they cited its global presence. Andy Jassy was asked how can AWS afford to do that if parent Amazon.com still isn't making any money? Jassy responded that "the $1 billion figure was wrong" and it costs much less than that to establish an AWS cloud center. He didn't comment further but there are hyper-scale data centers like Microsoft's in Chicago and Facebook's in Prineville and then there are much smaller facilities.