Matson ships its data centers to Amazon’s cloud

Matson is a $2B international shipping company that is going all in on AWS

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Just two days ahead of the first keynotes at the AWS re:Invent conference, Amazon Web Services announced today that $2 billion international shipping giant Matson plans to close its data centers and go ‘all-in’ on the company's IaaS cloud platform.

Matson is a 134-year old Hawaii-based publicly traded shipping company with 22 vessels that run routes primarily in the Pacific Ocean.

“The shipping industry requires advanced IT capabilities to enable precise tracking of assets and customer shipments as they move around the world,” a press release announcing the news reads.

Equipment including vessels, shipping terminals, containers and trucks will all rely on Amazon’s cloud to provide visibility and analytics. Matson also has a custom built order-to-cash booking and billing system, logistics platform and customer-facing website all hosted in AWS.

re:Invent is a time when AWS likes to drum up stories of how customers are closing data centers and moving all their operations to the cloud. Netflix is one of the classic examples of this while the University of Notre Dame is another. Other companies, like GE and Capital One are more slowly moving to the cloud.

Expect more big name customers to pledge allegiance to AWS as re:Invent kicks off in earnest on Wednesday.

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