Thursday, December 18, 2014

Amazon AWS, Massive Scale, Custom Network Gear

A Rare Peek Into The Massive Scale of AWS: "... So nearly five years ago, when this problem became apparent, AWS designed its own network routers and went to original design manufacturers to build the hardware, and put together a team to write the networking software stack on top of them. This is a course of action, Hamilton said laughing, where people “would get you a doctor and put you in a nice little room where you were safe and you can’t hurt anyone.” The first thing that Amazon learned from its custom network gear is what it learned about servers and storage a long time ago: If you build it yourself with minimalist attitudes and only with the features you need, it is a lot cheaper. “Just the support contract for networking gear was running tens of millions of dollars.”..."

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