James Hamilton



James focuses on infrastructure efficiency, reliability, and scaling at Amazon.com.



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James Hamilton


James is a Senior Vice President and Distinguished Engineer at Amazon.com serving on the Amazon's S-team and reporting to the CEO. He joined the company in January 2009 on the Amazon Web Services team, where he has focused on infrastructure efficiency, reliability, and service scaling. He now is in a similar role with cross-company scope.

In past roles James was at Microsoft for 12 years where he served GM for the Microsoft Exchange Hosted Services team, GM of the SQL Server WebData team, and held many other positions on Microsoft SQL Server. Prior to that, he was at IBM for 11 years where he started the IBM C++ Compiler team and was Lead Architect for IBM DB2. Before joining IBM he worked as a professional auto mechanic servicing Italian cars and exotics such as Maserati, Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Alfa Romeo.

He has a Master of Mathematics (Computer Science) from the University of Waterloo and a Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) from the University of Victoria. James holds 209 patents in 22 countries in server and datacenter infrastructure, database, and cloud computing.

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Last update: 2017.11.04 (jrh)