People would prefer to run software and store data on their own
computers, the argument went, rather than host their operations atop
outside services potentially compromised by the NSA.
But it looks like the cloud industry is still growing. And in very big way.
The world’s largest cloud computing services — services where you can
run software and store data without buying your own hardware — are run
by Amazon, and according to a new study from independent researcher Huan Liu, Amazon’s operation grew by a
whopping 62 percent over the past two years. What’s more, the study
shows that growth has been steady since June 2013, when the Snowden
revelations first hit the news. In fact, there’s been a surge since
December of last year.
Liu’s research does not look at services from Amazon rivals such as
Google, Microsoft, or Rackspace. But Amazon is the best barometer for
the market as a whole. Software running on Amazon Web Services may
account for as much as 1 percent of North American traffic, according to data collected by DeepField Networks, and about one-third of all North American internet users visit at least one site hosted in the Amazon cloud each day.
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