Amazon Web Services has created a new Edge Computing organization
- AWS has a new organization to combine cutting edge cloud and hybrid products like Outposts, with a new vice president to run it.
- He also promoted a new vice president to run products like CloudFront within his network organization.
- A new vice president typically points to something Amazon sees as a potential billion dollar company, an insider said.
Amid the most significant leadership changes in company history, Amazon Web Services has made a series of organizational changes to prioritize new areas of the business, according to an internal memo seen by Insider and sources with relevant knowledge. direct knowledge of changes.
Amazon is in the process of creating a new organization called EC2 Edge, according to an internal memo sent out last week by the boss of Elastic Compute Cloud, combining hybrid cloud and edge computing products Outposts, AWS Local Zones, Wavelength and Telco. To lead the new organization as vice president, Amazon hired Jan Hofmeyr of Comcast, where he was the network director and one of the architects behind the company’s X1 video and entertainment platform.
In the cloud industry, the term “edge” refers to the concept of keeping more computing power close to the end user, considered to be the edge of the network. Some in the industry believe edge computing could be the next big frontier for the cloud market, powering smarter devices like self-driving cars or industrial robotics, where decisions can be made faster and on the fly without need to communicate with platforms like AWS itself.
Indeed, an AWS insider said that dedicating a new vice president to a company indicates that this is something Amazon sees as a potential billion dollar company, or otherwise represents an important strategic area for it. the company. Amazon declined to comment for this story.
The new organization will “focus on delivering EC2 compute and networking outside of our current regional footprint,” Brown wrote in last week’s email. “We are making great strides in this area with the products we have and I have no doubts that the alignment here will allow us to go even faster. Although it is still early days, I have no doubts that EC2 Edge will be a very meaningful business for AWS in the years to come. “
The unit also includes products such as Outposts, which is Amazon’s very first product designed for the traditional data center, helping customers connect their legacy IT architecture to the AWS cloud. Hybrid cloud is seen as closely related to the concept of edge computing, bringing more cloud power to the servers that customers are already using.
Outposts General Manager Joshua Burgin, Local Area Boss Nathan Helmick and Telecommunications Manager Kiran Edara, and Senior Senior EC2 Software Engineer Diwakar Gupta will now report to Hofmeyr. George Elissaios will also report to Hofmeyr and lead a new consolidated product management organization for EC2 Edge products, including Outposts.
Meanwhile, separately in the AWS Networking organization, Jesse Dougherty is now Vice President of Edge Services in AWS Infrastructure Services, which includes Infrastructure, Networking, and Edge Services. He will lead products like CloudFront, Elemental and Perimeter Protection, according to a person familiar with the changes.
Dougherty will report directly to Prasad Kalyanaraman and Dougherty’s direct reports will include Andrew Thomas of Perimeter Protection, Brian Stein and Greg Truax of Elemental and Pravjit Tiwana of CloudFront, the person said.
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