There's a really interesting post over on the Texas Startup Blog. Here are some tidbits:
- "The Amazon web services products (Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud - EC2
and Amazon S3) are built for the little guy AND the big guy."
Yes, absolutely. And let's not forget the little guys who want to become big guys -- start small and then grow, or as we say around here sometimes, "From dorm room to board room."
- "I know of more than ten startups in Dallas that are using Amazon’s
services as a way to start without spending any money on servers,
bandwidth and colocation. This is big."
This really changes the economics for startups. Put your precious capital into building up your proprietary systems," not into depreciating infrastructure. I've personally talked to several startups that have used the Web-Scale model to forego venture capital entirely.
Read the whole post: 1000 Pounds Web Hosting Gorilla: Amazon. There's some good info in the comments too.