"If you're a start-up, you'd be crazy to build your own infrastructure," says an exec at cloud...

|By:, SA News Editor

"If you're a start-up, you'd be crazy to build your own infrastructure," says an exec at cloud storage leader Dropbox, whose billions of user files are hosted by Amazon Web Services (AWS). Many other startups also rely on AWS, whose aggressive pricing and rapid deployment times have fueled its stunning growth. Amazon (AMZN) CTO Werner Vogels recently predicted AWS and its peers would both empower upstarts, and cause headaches for IT hardware giants selling high-end gear.