Talk:Amazon Web Services
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history wrong?

Amazon says the services were launched in 2006 (compatible with what I remember). Why was this source neglected in favor of -- Smaffulli (talk) 22:33, 17 September 2012 (UTC)

Agreed, the source being used for 2002 appears to be conflating (the online merchant business) product timelines with their Amazon Web Services launch. I'm changing the launch date to reflect the 2006 launch that is supported and referenced later in this article. -- cookingwithrye (talk) 02:58, 14 March 2013 (UTC)

Needs reorganization ; reads like bad code

I suggest (and i'll volunteer later tonight/this week) that a re-org be done on page structure. To wit, the list of services.. Alphabetical just sends the reader all over the place changing gears.. If the services were grouped by basic or general purpose/functionality (eyeball services, dba services, consumer, grid, enterprise, etc) - it would make the article a lot easier to parse. As it stands right now, I'd rather just go to the aws site and hope that they have a better explanation than this page. We can do better.. --Badboyjamie (talk) 18:52, 28 Feb 2011 (UTC)


I think this page is too big to be a stub replaced it with expand --Abc518 (talk) 20:10, 1 August 2009 (UTC)

other meanings for AWS?

i hear this acronym used for other things? What else it stands for? StupidFrog 03:52, 11 August 2007 (UTC)

AWS has the answer for you. --Shepard (talk) 00:10, 19 November 2008 (UTC)

Removing "Similar or related services"

The content in "Similar or related services" doesn't belong on this page; it should be on a page about web service providers if there is one. I'd like to remove it. If there are no objections, I'll remove it in a few days, if I remember. --Preceding unsigned comment added by AdamGomaa (talk o contribs) 19:29, 23 February 2010 (UTC)

Critical criticism

Since when was OK to cite defunct blogs as sources of criticism .. power outages, spam?? come on! if you can't spot the fraudulent character behind these criticisms then it's not your call to make the necessary changes to this article. I'm deleting this section until someone else steps in and clear this up.

Just to make my point replace "Amazon web services" with whatever service you can imagine the resulting criticism is equally true. In my mind that's singling out one service for something that has been present in any service sometime.

Please don't call my blog defunct. My criticism was real, and I have records on said blog to back up the criticism of this service (some screen captures even). Also, please note the criticism placed on wikipedia, was not written by me. The original articles are still accessible here and here . If someone else wishes to revert and place the links back up, I would not be in the least bit offended. (talk) 02:46, 18 October 2010 (UTC) Zaphod

Amazon S3 prices lowered

On November 28, 2012 at AWS' "R: Invent" web developer conference in Las Vegas it announced it was targeting large companies as cloud storage clients. It will further cut prices in its new "Redshift" storage service launching in 2013 to customers with long-term contracts, with prices per-Terabyte-per-year being slashed from the low $20,000's to around $1,000. These prices are according to Reuters.

This article in The Register is titled, "Cloud storage giant Amazon cuts S3 prices, waits for rivals to die."

AWS touts as customers academic organizations, government organizations like NASA's JPL Mars Rover, and companies like Samsung, Netflix, and Shell. Google recently announced a reduction of its cloud storage services.

DonL (talk) 21:35, 30 November 2012 (UTC)

Written like an advertisement?

This article has the 'advert' tag on it, so I thought I'd try to clean the language up. But, frankly, I'm not seeing any advertising language to fix! Can a more experienced Wikipedian point me to the language in this article that is "written like an advertisement"? Or is the tag out of date? Sloc melb (talk) 13:29, 2 October 2013 (UTC)

AWS Region Map Out of Date

Current update of the regions offered by amazon web services: there are now two regions in europe, eu west and central. -- Preceding unsigned comment added by 12usn12 (talk o contribs) 16:28, 9 January 2015 (UTC)

Improvements to Introduction Section

Hi, my name is Kevin Goddard - I'm the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Social Media Manager. I noticed that two WikiProjects have noted that this page's quality could be improved and also that the page has a flag for improvements to the introduction section.

If there is information that the community needs to improve this page, please let me know and I'll see if it's available. I would also be happy to work with an editor or editors to provide them updates for when we launch new services or other announcements if it would help improve the overall community.

Please note that we are very respectful of the neutral tone of Wikipedia and do not want to use it as a platform. We just want to provide information that we believe can be useful for the Wikipedia community.

KevinJGoddard (talk) 23:47, 8 February 2015 (UTC)

Is AWS the largest / most used service in its class? If so, is there an easy citation for that? It's an obvious tidbit for an introduction (if true). -- stillnotelf is invisible 17:18, 22 April 2015 (UTC)
Sorry for the delay in responding - Forbes,, TechRepublic, and Network World all recently published articles on a recent analyst report. Would one of those provide the information you are looking for? Here are the links:
KevinJGoddard (talk) 17:02, 28 May 2015 (UTC)

AWS huge outage

Well, then, AWS is down since today, and has taken with it 21 or so other services that depend on AWS, including IMDb. -Mardus /talk 14:35, 20 September 2015 (UTC)

(Amazon are apparently working on it[1]) -Mardus /talk 14:40, 20 September 2015 (UTC)
Any details on what failed? One region or all? The whole catalogue or services or just DynamoDB? Did that service's failure affect the rest of the services (or some) in that data centre?
Any "huge outage" to this "huge service" is notable, but we need to get the details correct and sourced. Viam Ferream (talk) 15:42, 27 January 2016 (UTC)
Here's their outage report tedder (talk) 17:07, 27 January 2016 (UTC)

Missing Elastic Container Service

There is no mention of ECS (elastic container service) Amos Shapira 20:24, 12 February 2016 (UTC)

Acquisitions history

It would be interesting to see a list of acquisitions made by AWS. Amos Shapira 20:24, 12 February 2016 (UTC) -- Preceding unsigned comment added by Amosshapira (talk o contribs)

Web Services are not the same as Cloud Computing Services

The opening sentence here says " computing services [are] also called web services". That's simply not true.

I am very familiar with both Cloud Computing and with Web Services and in all my readings and conversations I have never heard anyone call Cloud Computing a web service. Although the converse could *maybe* be argued, I feel it would only be in specific circumstances - not a true synonym.

Proof: There is a link in this very sentence to a "Web Services" Wikipedia article which can be readily contrasted with a highly-ranked definition on Google of Cloud Computing *Services* ( Even a cursory reading of the the two articles makes it clear that Web Services and Cloud Computing Services are not the same thing. At best, Web Services are just a small part of the Cloud, which does not mean "also called".

Recommend: Drop the phrase "also called web services". It adds no value anyway. Just the contrary, in fact.

Back when AWS was founded, the term cloud computing was not regularly used so that is why the platform's name has "web services" in it. Cloud computing is a form of web service, so I revised the article to say "form of". --Frmorrison (talk) 18:11, 9 March 2016 (UTC)
Agreed. We can't take it out of the AWS name, I have already taken it out of most categorisation (and been reverted repeatedly), and we should take it out of the text as you describe. I'd suggest, in this top-level article, a new para at the end of the lead explaining and linking to web services to cover the distinction and the introduction of the naming confusion, just so we can then drop it. Viam FerreamTalk 09:09, 10 March 2016 (UTC)

April 6 Updates by AWS

Hi all, As documented below, I am the social media manager for AWS. We wanted to provide some new and updated information to the wiki, which I've done today. I've tried to keep the changes within Wikipedia's guidelines, however if anything is problematic, please feel free to either make the necessary changes, or notify me and I'll do it.

As I stated below, we are very respectful of the tone required for Wikipedia and do not want to use it as a platform. I am just providing information that we believe can be useful for the Wikipedia community. -- Preceding unsigned comment added by KevinJGoddard (talk o contribs) 22:58, 6 April 2016?

Hi Kevin, make sure to put new topics at the bottom of the talk page, and sign your posts with four tildes. At first glance your material seems okay, or at least not flagrantly POV, but others should weigh in too. I'm curious what other Wikipedians think about calling AWS "AWS" instead of "Amazon", which is one of the changes you made throughout.
Naturally, be careful with promoting AWS or removing controversial content. Thanks for jumping on the talk page. tedder (talk) 02:02, 7 April 2016 (UTC)

August 8 Update by AWS

Hi! tedder thanks for the feedback! I thought I did the four tildes, but alas! Anyway, today we've added a new Infrastructure map that depicts our regions and availability zones. We thought the page may benefit with something more accurate? Again, if this is an issue or we need changes, please let me know and I'll make them happen.

KevinJGoddard (talk) 22:50, 8 August 2016 (UTC)

Thanks for getting the infra map through legal. I know it took a bit. Anyhow, thanks for including it. tedder (talk) 23:47, 8 August 2016 (UTC)

Merge from Amazon Simple Notification Service and Amazon Simple Queue Service

I think those subarticles have trouble with stand-alone notability, and would benefit from being merged here. Thoughts? --Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| reply here 07:29, 14 November 2016 (UTC)

  • Strong oppose Have you used AWS? The first menu is a list of icons that looks like Minecraft. There is a metric shedload of various services available from them, and more growing all the time. Trying to merge them all into one super-article would be an utter useless mess.
Also, why pick on these two? Sure, SNS isn't S3, but SQS is a long-established and very important product within some big corporate infrastructures. Don't let "simple" fool you.
Finally, if the NHS ran SNS rather than Exchange, we wouldn't have seen the UK's medical services lose email today. Andy Dingley (talk) 22:44, 14 November 2016 (UTC)
  • Strong oppose (see above) Aleccat (talk) 17:13, 23 November 2016 (UTC)
And now someone is tagging them as "adverts"! Andy Dingley (talk) 17:49, 23 November 2016 (UTC)

January 4 2017 Update by AWS

Hi! Just wanted to note that I've updated the Infrastructure map with our new regions. Also, I adjusted the text to indicate the number of regions is now 16 and update the Canada region, which is officially called Canada (Central) not Canada (Montreal). If any of these changes are a problem, please let me know and I'm happy to correct! KevinJGoddard (talk) 19:30, 4 January 2017 (UTC)

I have also added an entry for Amazon Quicksight under Analytics, linking to the QuickSite web page. If this should link to somewhere else, please let me know. If the Wikipedia community feels that QuickSight should have it's own Wikipedia entry and I can be of assistance with information, please let me know! KevinJGoddard (talk) 21:08, 5 January 2017 (UTC)

Please don't mark the edits as minor- unless they are truly minor, like changing "it's own Wikipedia entry" to "its own Wikipedia entry". tedder (talk) 21:59, 5 January 2017 (UTC)
This article is already pretty spammy, so adding direct links to Amazon's websites is totally out of the question, per WP:EL. A careful review of WP:WTW and WP:BUZZWORDS might also be helpful. Grayfell (talk) 00:36, 6 January 2017 (UTC)
Thanks for the feedback! I'll make sure to remove the link to the AWS page (if it has not been removed already). Noted on the "minor" edits as well. Again, to be clear, we would rather the community make these changes if they deem them appropriate - we respect the neutrality of wikipedia. I'm happy to suggest changes on the talk page and will do so moving forward.KevinJGoddard (talk) 16:34, 6 January 2017 (UTC)

Hi! We have just rolled out a new logo for AWS. We were hoping someone here would be kind enough to review the logo and change it with the old one. I have uploaded the new logo to my talk page: Thank you! KevinJGoddard (talk) 17:02, 12 September 2017 (UTC)

That's fine, but I'm guessing the license you uploaded the logo with isn't blessed by AWS's lawyer types, and it certainly isn't your 'own work'. Can you sort those out? tedder (talk) 20:18, 12 September 2017 (UTC)
  • AWS seem oddly unfamiliar with a range of web issues, including URL stability and copyright. We used to have the AWS icon set on Commons, but they were deleted after AWS rearranged their site, broke the link to the licence for them, and then Commons did its usual foot-shooting idiocy and decided to delete the lot.
Kevin, thanks for uploading this. Maybe we can get it sorted properly, and restore the AWS icon set too. Might be easier to discuss at Commons though.
We need the following:
  • Source URLs for where these images came from, added to the Commons file description page
  • A free licence, referenced from both the Commons page, and the AWS source page, such as GPL, Creative Commons (-by or -by-sa), an Apache or Mozilla licence etc. It's much easier if this is a well-recognised and pre-existing licence, not a new one.
  • If you can't get the AWS source page updated, then the same information can be logged by email, via OTRS. But putting it on the page is clearer and often quicker.
Thanks for the uploads. Any questions, please shout, here or at Commons . Andy Dingley (talk) 20:44, 12 September 2017 (UTC)

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