Nov 23, 2020   News

Who uses AWS? 19 Big Companies using Amazon Web Services

Who uses AWS? 19 Big Companies using Amazon Web Services

The move to cloud computing has been a no-brainer for many enterprise companies. Using AWS can help streamline fragmented processes, speed up project delivery, and reduce company costs. From household names like Disney, to newcomers like Pinterest, they all rely on AWS.

If you’re sitting on the fence about whether to make the leap to Amazon Web Services, here are some of its biggest users.

Adobe

Founded: 1982 Headquarters: San Jose, California, US Revenue: $11 billion

Known for their creative software, Adobe are closely integrated with AWS. Their products include Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign – essentials for digital artists – alongside the PDF-viewer Acrobat. AWS helps Adobe to offer multi-terabyte operating environments for users.

Airbnb

Founded: 2008 Headquarters: San Francisco, California, US Revenue: $2 billion

Revolutionising the holiday market, Airbnb allows anyone to offer accommodation in their home. In use in over 191 countries, with 150 million users, Airbnb needed a cloud service that scaled up fast. The company started to use AWS a year after launching, for its ease and flexibility.

British Gas

Founded: 1997 Headquarters: Windsor, Berkshire, UK Revenue: £22 billion

The largest UK energy and home services company, British Gas is still the United Kingdom’s best-known energy supplier. To keep up with the growth of the “internet of things” and heating apps like Hive, British Gas chose to partner with AWS for its fast scalability and reduced costs.

Channel 4

Founded: 1982 Headquarters: Leeds, Yorkshire, UK Revenue: £975 million

Based in the north, but with creative hubs in Glasgow and Bristol, Channel 4 have a reputation for innovation and pushing the boundaries. An early company to embrace Amazon Web Services, they started using AWS in 2009, helping to manage the explosion of video-on-demand.

Disney

Founded: 1923 Headquarters: Burbank, California, US Revenue: $69 billion

As you can imagine, the House of Mouse deals with a lot of data. From streaming new films and television, to organising nearly a century’s worth of content, to running its parks and resorts, Disney’s integration with AWS has allowed it to make sense of a universe of information.

Epic Games

Founded: 1991 Headquarters: Cary, North Carolina, US Revenue: $4.2 billion

The creators of popular video game Fortnite are a huge customer for AWS. To cope with the scale and popularity of Fortnite, AWS effectively had to build new data centres. This helped millions of gamers, connected across the globe, enjoy a lightning-fast gaming experience.

Financial Times

Founded: 1888 Headquarters: London, UK Revenue: £383 million

Originally founded as the London Financial Guide, the paper is now an international broadsheet and digital news source, owned by Japanese holding company Nikkei. To help “gamify” their cost optimisation, the team at FT use Cloudhealth, AWS Lambda and shared dashboards.

The Guardian

Founded: 1821 Headquarters: London, UK Revenue: £254 million

One of the largest English-speaking newspaper sites in the world, The Guardian has many thousands of global subscribers. To cope with this growing number, they implemented AWS Step Functions to help simplify and coordinate processes, and provide better service integration.

ITV

Founded: 1955 Headquarters: London, UK Revenue: £3 billion

Britain’s oldest commercial terrestrial network, ITV has seen many mergers and acquisitions, including with Granada and Carlton. AWS cloud technology helped the company to streamline video production, keep up with growing demand, and offer high-quality streaming services.

Lonely Planet

Founded: 1973 Headquarters: Footscray, Australia Revenue: $12 million

Making travel guides cool again, Lonely Planet grew from stapled-together booklets, to employing hundreds of writers for books, websites and mobile apps. AWS helped them reduce their spend through a shared publishing platform, alongside boosting site speed and reliability.

McDonald’s

Founded: 1955 Headquarters: San Bernardino, California, US Revenue: $21 billion

The American fast food giant has gone through a digital transformation, installing kiosks, digital menu boards, and mobile apps. From dishing up customer personalisation, to ensuring data security, the company used AWS to help it become a more progressive and profitable enterprise.

NASA

Founded: 1958 Headquarters: Washington, D. C., US Revenue: $22 billion

If you need any proof that AWS is state-of-the-art, look to its use by NASA. America’s space agency used AWS to help bring together decades of imagery, audio and video footage. Their Image and Video library was launched in 2017, making all media accessible from one secure location.

National Trust

Founded: 1895 Headquarters: Swindon, Wiltshire, UK Revenue: £634 million

Taking care of Britain’s best stately homes and countryside, the National Trust are the largest membership organisation in the UK. Using AWS helped the company create a SVV (Single Supporter View) data warehouse, giving them a fuller, more integrated view of member behavior.

Netflix

Founded: 1997 Headquarters: Los Gatos, California, US Revenue: $20 billion

Nearly 200 million people have Netflix, and in 2016 the company completed a total migration to the cloud. Netflix uses AWS for almost everything – video transcoding, recommendation engines, and analytics. It helps them respond to issues faster, for a better user experience.

Pinterest

Founded: 2010 Headquarters: San Francisco, California, US Revenue: $1.45 billion

One of the most popular social media sites in the world, Pinterest helps 300 million users organise ideas on virtual pinboards. Pinterest have a deal with AWS – they need to spend at least $750 million with them – to help with a massive growth in users, storage and computing needs.

Reddit

Founded: 2005 Headquarters: San Francisco, California, US Revenue: $119 million

Although one of the smaller (by revenue) companies to use AWS, Reddit is nevertheless one of the biggest names on the internet. AWS helped the company host and organise many thousands of discussion categories, allowing it to scale up cloud usage to meet unprecedented growth.

Samsung

Founded: 1938 Headquarters: Seoul, South Korea Revenue: $211 billion

Always at the forefront of technology, Samsung are one of the world’s biggest producers of electronic devices. Earlier in 2020, Samsung demonstrated new, cutting-edge communication technology for first responders in emergencies, powered by the AWS cloud platform.

Trainline

Founded: 1997 Headquarters: London, UK Revenue: $209 million

The online ticketing platform allows travellers to buy train and coach tickets digitally, through its website and app. Trainline runs completely on AWS, allowing the company to keep up with high-speed growth, while still staying secure and providing a fast, flexible customer experience.

Unilever

Founded: 1929 Headquarters: London, UK Revenue: €51.980 billion

Encompassing 400+ brands, including Lynx, Dove and Marmite, Unilever is a giant of beauty, food and household products. Migrating to AWS cloud helped Unilever standardise their processes – many of their web properties were previously hosted in-house, all on different platforms.

How do Digital Dimensions help companies using AWS?

Digital Dimensions are used by some of the UK’s biggest AWS users, including easyJet, the Home Office and Ciklum. Through our AWS Platforms, cost optimisation and cloud migration services, we help companies save time and money while using AWS.

Interested in working with us? Contact us for more information about how to make the most of Amazon Web Services.

Neil Butler

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