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amazon awsAWS reported growth of 64% year-on-year growth to $2.6 billion for the quarter, becoming one of the few tech giants to have experienced a healthy Q1.

While IBM, VMWare, Intel and EMC have experienced mixed fortunes during the first few months of 2016, AWS has seemingly weathered the storm successfully. The company now anticipates it will break through the $10 billion barrier for annual revenues, and plans to improve its global footprint with continued expansion and new feature announcements. AWS ended the quarter with 33 Availability Zones in 12 geographic regions, with 11 more planned over the next 12 months.

“I would say there’s no let-up in the pace of invention here, particularly on the AWS side,” said Brian Olsavsky, CFO at Amazon. “We usually quote the number of new features and services to you each quarter, we had 214 in Q1, up from 170 the first quarter of last year. So over 26% growth in this quarter alone coming off a year where I believe the number was 722 significant new features and services delivered for AWS customers last year.”

The company did not update its figures for its data management revenues, at re:Invent AWS disclosed the product suite was at a $1 billion run rate, though it did highlight the Aurora database offering is the fastest growing product in the business unit’s history. The quarter also saw a number of product launches and updates including Amazon Lumberyard, a free, cross-platform, 3D game engine for developers to create games, the general availability of the AWS Database Migration Service, the general availability of Amazon Inspector, an automated security assessment service and updates for its block storage service, Amazon Elastic Block Store.

While the AWS results have generally been well received across the industry, Amazon shares were up 12% during pre-market trading at the time of writing, it would appear to be one of the few bright spots across the quarter for technology businesses, as the accompanying Google Finance screen grab shows.

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