Can reserved instances on cloud computing platforms be treated as physical servers for tax purposes. An interesting discussion has emerged around the topic, prompted by Netflix's use of the EC2 service.
How big is Amazon's cloud? It's huge, and getting huger. Amazon Web Services' S3 cloud storage service housed 262 billion objects at year-end of 2010, more than doubling in size from 102 billion objects.
Netcraft says the number of web servers based in Ireland has soared since Amazon opened an EC2 data center in Dublin, illustrating how cloud computing is making it easier for companies to extend their reach internationally.