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Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) is a multinational technology company based in USA. It is known for its state of the art e-commerce, digital streaming, cloud computing and artificial intelligence. The e-commerce giant has been called one of the most influential companies in the world. It was founded by Jeff Bezos who is currently the richest man in the world, even though he was temporarily dethroned by Elon Musk who for a while succeeded him as the richest man in the world.
Founded in 1994, the company started as an online buying and selling place for books but soon diversified into other fields like electronics, software, video games, apparel, furniture, food, toys, and jewelry. In terms of revenue, it is the largest internet based company in the entire world. The company launched its cloud platform, called Amazon Web Services (AWS) in 2002. Initially consisting of a very limited set of tools, the service expanded in 2004 and was launched for public usage.
The cloud platform has become a giant part of the e-commerce mammoth's portfolio. With over 150 companies, many of them with the billion dollar tag, Amazon Web Services is on its way to become one of the biggest and the most profitable cloud platforms in the business. As of February of 2020, according to Investopedia, a few analysts reported that the service has already taken a hold of 32.4% of the market share, leaving behind Azure and Google cloud at 17.6% and 6% respectively. In the beginning of 2020, the web service reported a revenue of $10 billion! This accounted for almost 14% of Amazon’s total revenue. It is also the only reason why Amazon has now become really profitable, with its profits from its online retail business barely there.
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Amazon is striving to move businesses away from the physical world of computing technology to the cloud world. Companies looking for large storage spaces for its unlimited and ever growing data generally turn towards cloud storage. Although a pricy deal, it pays off as the company grows into the bought space. AWS has also generated a solution for companies that require great computing power owing to the surge of traffic during peak times. If a firm buys computing power ahead of time and it lays unused during times with low traffic, it still costs the firm large sums of money. Amazon Web Services offers a solution in the shape of the pay per use principal. There are no upfront costs and no estimated usage requirement for building a storage system. This is why it tops the list of the biggest cloud computing companies in the world.
Because of the modified cost for users according to their needs, the service is especially favorable for small businesses. It is also beneficial for startups as it provides tools for a business to build itself from the ground up with the cloud. It also provides a low cost transition service to already existing companies so that they can move their existing infrastructure seamlessly to the Amazon Web Services servers.
The service is made up of a host of different cloud computing products. It provides servers, storage, networking, remote computing, email, mobile development, and security to its customers. It offers three umbrellas of services:
EC2 (Virtual Machine service)
Glacier (Cloud Storage service)
S3 (Storage System)
The cloud service has divided its services in 76 availability zones where its servers are located. This allows users to set geographical limits on their products and services and also provides additional security by providing a host of different physical locations for the data. AWS currently offers its services to 245 countries and territories.
It also offers way more security as compared to a company’s own hosted website or storage. AWS has a hoard of different data centers scattered across the globe. The centers keep a continuous eye on the data and strictly maintain it. Because of the scattered across the globe aspect, the data centers have added security; if a disaster strikes one of the regions, it won’t cause a total date loss worldwide. The service has also given the visibility risk of these data centers some thought. The centers are in remote locations, hidden away as much as possible with access only to essential personnel.
Because of its state of the art technology and its host of customizable services, Amazon’s cloud service is a good choice for every type of company, no matter how big or small. From a start up to a Fortune 500 company, every business has the option to customize a spot for themselves on the cloud. Here we have a list of the 15 biggest companies that use Amazon Web Services. These companies have been ranked by their total revenue. The listings and the customer portfolios have been compiled from the websites Continio, Investopedia and the Digital Dimensions. These are the top companies in AWS’s billion dollar customer list, starting with number 15:
15. SAP (SAP)
Starting off with number fifteen we have a German software company SAP (NYSE: SAP). Headquartered in Walldorf, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, SAP was founded in 1972 in Weinheim. The multinational company develops enterprise software to manage business operations and customer relations. It started using AWS in 2008 and the platform became the first cloud to run SAP’s workload. It started off as Systemanalyse und Programmentwicklung but it rebranded itself as SAP AG in 2005. The Times of India has called it "the third-biggest software company in the world." in 2001.
14. Tata Motors (TTM)
TTM ranks fourteenth in our list of companies that use AWS. Tata Motors is the biggest automobile manufacturing company in India. It was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. It is part of the Indian Conglomerate Tata Group. Tata Motors manufactures cars, vans, coaches, trucks, buses, sports cars, military and construction vehicles and equipment. It started off as Tata Engineering and Locomotive Company (TELCO) but has since rebranded itself. It has plants in Pantnagar, Jamshedpur, Lucknow, Sanand, Pune and Dharwad in India. Its international presence includes Argentina, South Africa, Thailand and Great Britain.
13. Novartis (NVS)
The Swiss multinational pharmaceutical company is based in Basel, Switzerland. Novartis International AG was founded in 1996 by the merger of Ciba Geigy and Sandoz Laboratories. Its most famous productions include the drugs clozapine (Clozaril), diclofenac (Voltaren), carbamazepine (Tegretol), valsartan (Diovan), imatinib mesylate (Gleevec/Glivec), cyclosporine (Neoral/Sandimmune), letrozole (Femara), methylphenidate (Ritalin), terbinafine (Lamisil), and deferasirox (Exjade). The pharmaceutical is a member of the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations (IFPMA), the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA) and the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA).
12. Pfizer (PFE)
Pfizer (NYSE: PFE) is an American multinational pharmaceutical corporation based in New York, United States. It was founded in 1849 in Brooklyn. One of the largest pharmaceutical company in the world, Pfizer was ranked number 64 in Fortune 500’s list of the largest U.S. corporations by total revenue in its 2020 edition. The company develops and produces a variety of vaccines and medications for different medical disciplines like oncology, cardiology, immunology, neurology and endocrinology. It has also developed a test vaccine to prevent the corona virus pandemic. The vaccine has so far been successful in its trial run.
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11. Unilever (UL)
UL ranks eleventh in our list of companies that use AWS. Unilever (NYSE:UL) is a British multinational company. Headquartered in London, England, the consumer goods company produces a variety of different products including but not limited to confections, energy drinks, baby food, soft drink, ice cream, cleaning agents, pet food, beauty products, personal care, breakfast cereals, pharmaceutical and consumer healthcare products. It was founded in 1929 by the Lever Brothers. The company is noted to be the largest producers of soap in the world. It has customers in about 190 countries. The multinational giant owns over 400 brands.
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10. Walt Disney Company (DIS)
The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS), or more commonly known as Disney, is an American multinational mass media and entertainment conglomerate. Its headquarters are in the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California, United States. It was originally called the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio for founders Walt and Roy O. Disney but changed its name in 1986. It produces a vast variety of animation and live action films as well as different television programs. The conglomerate also boosts a range of theme parks scattered over the world.
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9. Sony (SNE)
The Japanese multinational conglomerate has its headquarters in Konan Minato, Tokyo. Sony (NYSE:SNE) was founded in 1947 by Akio Morita and Masaru Ibuka. It was formerly known as Tokyo Tsushin Kogyo, Ltd from its conception till 1957. It is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of consumer and professional digital products. It is also the largest video game console company, the second largest video game publisher and the second largest record company. It is ranked number 122 on the 2020 Fortune Global 500 list.
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8. Hitachi (HTHIY)
Hitachi ranks 8th in our list of companies that use AWS. Another Japanese conglomerate, Hitachi is a multinational company headquartered in Chiyoda, Tokyo. It was founded in 1910 by the Japanese philanthropist and entrepreneur and electrical engineer Nahmiheo Odaira in Ibaraki, Japan. The multinational conglomerate has business in different sectors including IT, Internet of Things, AI, big data and infrastructure. Hitachi has been ranked number 38 in Fortune Global 500 and 129 in Forbes Global 2000 of 2the year 2012.
7. Johnson & Johnson (JNJ)
Johnsons and Johnsons (NYSE: JNJ) was founded in 1886 in New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA where it has its headquarters. The multinational conglomerate develops a wide range of medical devices, consumer packaged goods and pharmaceutical products. Johnsons and Johnsons is ranked no. 37 in the 2018 Fortune 500 list of the largest United States corporations by revenue. It is well known for its Baby products, Neutrogena skincare line and Band Aid and Tylenol medications.
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6. General Electric (GE)
General Electric (NYSE: GE) is another American multinational conglomerate in New York with its headquarters in Boston. It operates in a variety of different sectors including aviation, healthcare, digital industry, power, venture capital finance and renewable energy. It was founded in 1892. It was ranked number 14 among the Fortune 20 most profitable companies in 2011. Two of its employees have been awarded the Nobel Prize.
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