Amazon’s cloud division reports 32% revenue growth

Andy Jassy, Amazon AWS

Source: CNBC

Amazon said Thursday that its market-leading cloud business grew revenue 32% in the first quarter, a faster pace than analysts had expected and accelerating from 28% growth in the fourth quarter.

The Amazon Web Services division is critical to Amazon’s expansion plans thanks to its profitability. It appeared in 2006, before rivals such as Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform, and today it has become a force in information technology as a top global software provider, exceeding the likes of Oracle and SAP.

The AWS unit delivered $13.50 billion in revenue, more than the $13.23 billion consensus estimate among analysts polled by FactSet. That was 12% of Amazon’s total revenue.

AWS has come to play a crucial role at Amazon as its most reliable source of income. In the first quarter AWS contributed $4.16 billion in operating income, above the $3.87 billion FactSet consensus estimate and nearly 47% of Amazon’s overall operating income. The operating margin widened to 30.8% from 28% in the prior quarter.

In the quarter Amazon said that the head of AWS, Andy Jassy, would replace Jeff Bezos as Amazon’s CEO, and that former AWS executive Adam Selipsky would leave his position as head of Salesforce’s Tableau business to run AWS. AWS introduced new computing instances that rely on its latest generation of energy-efficient Arm-based Graviton chips.

Executives will discuss Amazon’s AWS results on a conference call starting at 5:30 p.m. Eastern time.

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