Netflix's 5 Secrets For Maximizing Amazon Cloud Value
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4/11/2013 | 12:12:21 AM
re: Netflix's 5 Secrets For Maximizing Amazon Cloud Value
The full slide deck is available here:

Most of the discussion and slides was actually by Jinesh, so many of the quotes in this article are of things that Jinesh said, rather than what I said.

The discussion of Brazil overstates what we did. We ran a small experiment in AWS Brazil for a week or two earlier this year, it wasn't a large scale deployment. The point was that we could easily try out deploying systems anywhere in the world.

Point 4 and 5 above doesn't quite have it right. With consolidated billing, reservations apply across accounts. It makes sense to have excess reservations in production accounts so that you have a capacity guarantee for handling production peaks. The excess is mopped up by other accounts at the end of the month, so that there is no cost penalty for the extra headroom. The other optimization is to autoscale down the production web services instances during the night, and use the same reserved instances to create short lived hadoop clusters to do the daily ETL processing for business intelligence metrics.
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4/9/2013 | 6:26:05 PM
re: Netflix's 5 Secrets For Maximizing Amazon Cloud Value
The consolidation comment brings up an interesting point. Many IT chiefs have rogue Amazon instances out there, set up by developers or even folks on the business side, that they don't know about. You have to track them down before you can consolidate.

Laurianne McLaughlin

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