The US antitrust enforcers have been asking software companies about practices around Amazon's cloud unit Amazon Web Services, the report said.
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FTC and Amazon declined to comment on the report.
Amazon is a global leader in developing sophisticated supply chain and automation systems, enabling millions of products to be delivered to hundreds of millions of individuals, within hours - a market that pharma has been looking to tap into more efficiently for a while now. At the current stage, the investigation is unlikely to result in an enforcement action, however.
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Amazon's booming cloud business grew by 35% year-over-year to $9 billion in the third quarter of 2019. The FTC worries that Amazon could punish companies that work with other cloud providers and favor those that work with AWS exclusively.
Outposts can provide compute, storage, databases, analytics and machine learning on site - the customer chooses which elements it wants, including services from Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), to Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS), Amazon Virtual Private Cloud, Amazon ECS, Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service and Amazon EMR. The Department of Justice announced in July that it was launching a broad probe into platforms for search, social media, and e-commerce to investigate how market-leading companies are impacting innovation. It is now being considered whether Amazon is violating competition rules in the cloud and putting competition at a disadvantage, the sources said.
Big tech companies such as Facebook, Alphabet Inc's Google, Apple and Amazon face a slew of antitrust probes by the federal government, state attorneys general and congress.
Democratic senator Elizabeth Warren has also been calling for tech giants like Amazon to be regulated.
Amazon's Jeff Wilke, CEO of the company's consumer business, said at a press conference in June that the firm welcomes scrutiny, Reuters reported.