Amazon’s commander of the Cloud shares his vision

Andy Jassy, a 19-year Amazon veteran, is arguably the most powerful man in the cloud. He heads Amazon Web Services, the cloud-computing division that drives much of Amazon.com’s profitability and that dwarfs most competitors, including ventures by crosstown rival Microsoft and search giant Google. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who calls AWS a “pillar,” earlier this year upgraded Jassy’s title to division “CEO.” In an interview with The Seattle Times, Jassy said that AWS could one day evolve to become an even bigger business for Seattle-based Amazon than e-commerce because it’s addressing markets potentially worth “trillions of dollars worldwide.” But a spinoff is unlikely because there’s “no compelling reason” to do so, the executive said. Jassy’s comments come before re: Invent, AWS’ annual mammoth Las Vegas conference, which runs through Friday.…


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