I was thinking we could have a Samoan tattoo that would just be a big Samoan bull, but I don’t know if that’s possible.
JT: It’s not as simple a problem as I made it out to be – it might be an illegal tattoo for now and then, but for now it’s legal. The problem is the law is the law, and you can only ask about that.
The new head of Amazon’s cloud division says his team is aiming for a “cloud culture” like the ones at its competitors, Microsoft and IBM, and is already testing features at the company’s cloud service that could end up being a big part of its future products.
“It really is a culture,” Jeff Bezos wrote in an email to Ars today. “I’m not sure how we’ll have a culture that is like Google, but I know that we’ll start with a culture that is.”
Bezos said Amazon’s approach is about getting to the heart of the business with its cloud-computing services.
While it still needs to build and support its own hardware, it has more than 100,000 “provisioned” customers, including companies such as Facebook, which is making its cloud services even cheaper.
“I’m excited about the idea of Amazon cloud and about the things that Amazon is doing, such as reducing the cost of their own infrastructure,” he said. He declined to give a specific number on how much it costs Amazon to run services, so it’s difficult to tell for sure exactly how much it costs to build or run services.
He added, “The cost is so high that some people just don’t see the value of it. But I’d say it’s a small fraction of what it is. Amazon doesn’t make any profit margin on infrastructure. On some services, the costs are only about 7 or 8 percent of what you pay for it. At Amazon this is less than the cost of running the application servers themselves.”
Amazon’s cloud services are not like Microsoft’s and IBM’s, said Bezos. His team thinks differently about how customers should want to pay for cloud services.
“The key is to make a strong commitment to service excellence and use it to make the price lower,” he said.
As for what he thinks will make that commitment better, Bezos said that while there is a lot to see as far as where Amazon stands in the cloud market, he wants to start with some fundamental elements.
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