Amazon Broadening Web Service Reach

Yesterday, Amazon quietly announced a rather significant change in its web services division. Shifting from relatively basic storage tasks and the like, Amazon is scaling its service to compete on a corporate level. Quentin Hardy reports for The New York Times:

This is a big deal, because it shows AWS moving more decisively into the kind of broad-based computing and software services that will put it in competition with the likes of Oracle and Hewlett-Packard. AWS is going from basic but arcane core computing tasks, like setting up storage systems, to well-defined business software.

The fruit of Amazon's heavy investments over the last quarter is clearly going to become increasingly apparent over the course of the year. Knowing the innovative mindset guiding the retail giant, I'm excited to see what is revealed.