Netflix completes migration to Amazon cloud
Netflix now uses Amazon Web Services rather than its own data centers, which the company hopes will minimize interruptions in service. (Shutterstock)
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Netflix has completed its migration to the cloud, using Amazon Web Services as its provider for hosted services.
The process, which started seven years ago, means Netflix no longer uses its own data centres, it uses Amazon to host its video services and Google services for its archives.
Netflix accounts for about 40 percent of total Internet bandwidth at peak times, ahead of YouTube, which accounts for 15 percent, and Facebook, which accounts for 2.7 percent.
“Our journey to the cloud at Netflix began in August of 2008, when we experienced a major database corruption and for three days could not ship DVDs to our members,” the company said.
“That is when we realised that we had to move away from vertically scaled single points of failure, like relational databases in our data centre, towards highly reliable, horizontally scalable, distributed systems in the cloud.”