On Sept 28th, Amazon announced the new Kindle Fire tablet. This post digs into the two key cloud integratio ns that Amazon brings with Fire.
Amazon Silk, The Cloud Accelerated Browser
Free cloud storage for all Amazon content
Amazon has designed the tablet with only 8 GB of storage space. But it allows users to leverage its cloud storage solution to save content (books, music, video, apps) that they are not frequently using. Content is available instantly to stream or download for free and Amazon uses its Whispersync technology to sync content across devices
By leveraging its massive cloud infrastructure, Amazon can deliver a tablet with skimmed down hardware and low price point. Although free cloud storage and streaming is available for those that go beyond 8 GB, this privilege is restricted to Amazon content. If users have invested in content from other providers and plan to use Fire as their primary device for content, they will either need to make sure that the non Amazon content fits on the 8GB or pay for additional storage on the Amazon cloud.
Whats next? Beyond Browsing and Storage
Amazon could use its cloud computing infrastructure to not just improve a user’s browsing experience or give away free storage, but also offload processing of resource intensive applications such as security scanning, number crunching, gaming etc. MIT’s Technology Previewexplores some of the options. It will be interesting to see how Amazon further evolves this marriage between AWS and kindle.