The cloud service accounted for about 14% of Amazon’s total revenue in 2021, but three-quarters of its operating profit.
Amazon Web Services (AWS), the American giant which dominates the strategic cloud market (dematerialized computing) is used by “more than 80%” of CAC 40 companies and “more than 70%” of unicorns, the star companies of the tech, according to its own figures.
AWS published a report on Tuesday which provides a number of data on its presence in France and its role in the French economy.
The group, whose global market share is generally estimated at around 40%, has three data centers in France, to which must be added a dozen access points to its global network of data centers.
1000 employees in France
In its report, AWS forecasts a marked acceleration of its investments in France in the coming decade, with an envelope of an additional 5.3 billion euros over the period 2022-2031, against 700 million euros between 2017-2021.
“AWS intends to gradually build new data centers, adapt existing ones, and scale organizational operations as the company expands its capabilities to meet projected demand,” the company said.
The planned expenses include in particular “the importation of equipment and software” from the parent company, but also “local expenses related to the construction of data centers”, specified AWS.
AWS, which has about 1,000 employees in France, still plans to hire “hundreds of new employees” as its activities expand.
About 14% of Amazon’s total revenue
The “cloud”, with its shared computers grouped together in large data centers, is the main tool for the digitization of society.
Worried about the dependence on the American giants in this field, the government favored the appearance of Franco-American alliances.
The two major global competitors of AWS, Microsoft and Google, have thus announced alliances with respectively Orange/Capgemini and Thales.
The government must also specify soon which are the “sensitive data” of the State which cannot be stored and processed on non-European clouds.
AWS accounted for about 14% of Amazon’s total revenue in 2021, but three-quarters of its operating profit.