Amazon's Amazon Web Services (AWS) division posted revenue of $2.5bn for the first quarter of 2016 as demand for the cloud hosting platform continued to grow.
The figure represented a significant increase on the $1.6bn in revenue posted in the same quarter last year, and is a minor increase on the $2.4bn made in Q4 2015.
This helped the unit to a profit of $604m, up from $195m in the same period last year, as the unit starts to become a major contributor to the bottom line of the business.
AWS actually made more money in terms of profit than Amazon's main distribution business, a fact that analysts were keen to point out.
Looks like AWS generated more operating income in Q1 than Amazon’s domestic e-commerce biz, on ~1/8 the revenue— Jan Dawson (@jandawson) April 28, 2016
The firm also has major plans to continue the expansion of AWS. Chief financial officer Brian Olsavsky reported that AWS will open 11 more 'Availability Zones' in the next 12 months to help meet demand across the world.
He also touted the ongoing development of new features in AWS, which numbered "214 in Q1, up from 170 in the first quarter of last year".
AWS is in a fierce battle for public cloud dominance with rivals Google and Microsoft. The latter released its latest financials last week, showing that the Azure platform is performing well, although perhaps not as well as hoped.
Amazon posted overall profit of $513m for the quarter from income of $15bn as the firm continues to plough money back into all areas of the business, such as increasing data centre and distribution centre capacity.
The use of AWS is central to many organisations' operations, such as Ticketmaster and Peterborough City Council, both of which told V3 during the V3 Cloud Summit about their use of such platforms to boost development and reduce on-site support demands.
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