US: Amazon could be forced to spin off AWS

Amazon, which has faced increasing antitrust pressure this year in the US and European Union, may have to spin off its lucrative cloud business, Oppenheimer warned investors on Monday, November 18.

According to CNBC, Oppenheimer’s note comes as Amazon protests the Pentagon choosing Microsoft for the military’s “JEDI” contract, which could span a decade of cloud services and be worth as much as US$10 billion. The contract marked a major win for Microsoft’s cloud business. Amazon claimed “the JEDI evaluation process contained clear deficiencies, errors, and unmistakable bias,” a move that is unlikely to take regulatory heat off Amazon.

Amazon’s recent roll out of AWS Data Exchange was intended to put Amazon further in the cloud scene. Notably, the new service provides quick access to the data offered qualified data providers to AWS customers.

Further, all third-party data is available for subscription in AWS Marketplace. Customers can utilize the subscribed data across various AWS cloud services by leveraging AWS Data Exchange API or console that will help in absorption of data within Amazon Simple Storage Service.

Yahoo noted that data from brands such as Reuters, Change Healthcare, TransUnion, Foursquare, and Pitney Bowes, among others, are available on AWS Marketplace, due to AWS Data Exchange.

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