Netflix Now Running Its Movies Exclusively on AWS
Netflix made the move because it believes that the public cloud is more reliable and cost-effective for showing movies than its own in-house data centers.The next time you queue up a movie or other show on Netflix, know that what you are experiencing is all borne of the cloud. Maybe you didn't bother thinking about that previously, but that's OK. Many people are taking cloud computing for granted a lot now, and it's only been 10 years since Amazon Web Services was launched to make it mainstream. Netflix, the Los Gatos, Calif.-based provider of subscription entertainment services, has closed its last data center and is now using only AWS to deploy its movies and short-form programs, Fortune reported Feb. 12. In a microcosm of where the IT world is headed, Netflix closed the data center in late January in a process that was started eight years ago. The company, which announced this move last summer, uses Google services for its storage archives.
Netflix made the move because it believes that the public cloud is more reliable and cost-effective for showing movies than its own in-house data centers, maintaining that those data centers were never core parts of its business. However, the streaming media provider does continue to run its own content delivery network (CDN) and DVD distribution business using its own data centers.