Mark Atwood (fallenpegasus) wrote,
Mark Atwood
fallenpegasus

AWS used by banks. Not a surprise to me.

In a recent TechCrunch article about Amazon Web Services, it's revealed that "the biggest customers in both number and amount of computing resources consumed are divisions of banks, pharmaceuticals companies and other large corporations who try AWS once for a temporary project, and then get hooked."

This is not a big surprise to me. Last year sometime, at some random geeky event, I was explaining why I thought AWS was so cool, and one of the people I was explaining it to worked for a local insurance company, and he got very excited. Apparently, at this company, they would have huge stacks of compute servers that would lie fallow 28 days out of the month, but when it came time to run the monthly math to recalculate various risk reward calculations, they would max out their capacity, and were constantly begging for more. They would very happily pay a premium to have those compute instances on-demand, by-the-drink, and not have to pay for them the rest of the month.

I wouldnt be surprised if they are now one of those AWS customers.
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