Tag Archives: Amazon Web Services

Spotify is moving its data to Google’s servers

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Spotify’s music files will still be hosted on a storage service from Amazon, which has long been the dominant player in cloud hosting, though its core infrastructure will move to Google. According to the music streaming service, Google’s data analytics capabilities were the deciding factor in the shift. – Amar Toor, The Verge

Amazon to Now Power Netflix Streaming Service

With the decision to move its entire media-streaming operation to the Amazon cloud, Netflix has become a poster child of sorts for cloud adoption in general, taking off Amazon’s S3 mainstream. This helps Amazon Web Services (AWS), since Netflix has not only paid a hefty amount for the alliance, it also means that the competitor’s cloud systems are readier than ever to take up the daunting projects. The company also makes use of Google’s cloud storage for some of its archived products. […], it is also seeking to tread on the online video-streaming giant’s turf on another spectrum, through its own Subscription Video on Demand (SVoD) service. – Noor Us Subah, Bidness Etc

Netflix reveals the future of enterprise tech: Here’s why

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Neil Hunt, the chief product officer and vice president of engineering for Netflix, was speaking at the Engineering Summit on Infrastructure, which had been organized by Engineering Capital, a small, enterprise-focused VC fund. Hunt talked about Netflix’s longstanding use of Amazon Web Services, the market and technology leader in cloud services. But it’s not just Netflix, Hunt said: Everyone is moving toward AWS. – Dylan Tweney, VentureBeat

Amazon’s AWS outage takes down Netflix, Reddit, Medium, and more

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Amazon Web Services has been undergoing a widespread outage. At its worst, about 31 services were affected including Netflix, Amazon Video, Nest, reddit, Medium, IMDb, SocialFlow, and Amazon’s own Alexa.com, among many others. The culprit appears to be Amazon’s DynamoDB in Northern Virginia – Fletcher Babb, VentureBeat

Sony fights spread of stolen data by using “bad seed” attack on torrents

According to a source at Sony that spoke with Re/code, the company was using Amazon Web Services to run hundreds of virtual machines and distribute fake file versions to disrupt the Guardians of Peace (GoP) file dumps. That is supported by analysis from security firm Adallom, which tracks the signature of files on torrent streams and other sources in order to watch for data breaches from client companies. […] The method is similar to a controversial approach taken by the now-defunct company MediaGuard, which contracted with entertainment companies to spread bogus copies of files across torrent sites and other filesharing streams to disrupt online piracy of songs and videos. “They’re seeding the underground market with false content to make it harder for people to get real movies and songs,” [VP Tal Klein,Adallom] said. “It’s not meant to punish anyone—just to make it hard enough to get the real files that it’s a high enough opportunity cost that people go out and pay to download a legitimate copy.” – Sean Gallagher,Ars Technica
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Netflix lost 218 database servers during AWS reboot and stayed online

Netflix has mastered the art of keeping its Amazon Web Services infrastructure online over the years, but even it was afraid when it learned AWS would be rebooting a significant number of its physical servers in order to fix a bug in the Xen hypervisor they run. […] Downtime, scheduled or not, is one of the unfortunate realities of cloud computing and probably one of the areas where cloud providers will seek to distinguish themselves in the coming years. – Derrick Harris,Gigaom
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Streaming in the cloud

Wanting to improve music search times for its 1 million customers, Australian-based music streaming service Guvera moved from physical servers to the cloud in August 2013. The transition was made following an audit by Guvera CTO ,Damien King, who found the company’s hardware too costly and time intensive to support. The Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud was chosen in order to handle the large amount of information running through its IT infrastructure. […] “It’s always recommended for smaller organisations to employ someone who is an expert in Amazon. We have 24/7 monitoring via ITOC and alerts to tell us what is going on within the Amazon platform,” King said. For extra security, Guvera’s music files are not stored in Amazon but instead by a service provider based in London. – Hamish Barwick,CIO
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