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Amazon Bares Its Computers
From: InfoSec News <alerts () infosecnews org>
Date: Tue, 19 Nov 2013 07:45:15 +0000 (UTC)
By QUENTIN HARDY
The New York Times
NOVEMBER 15, 2013
LAS VEGAS -- However big and ambitious you think Amazon’s plan to run the
world’s computing may be, you should probably think bigger.
In a startling talk Thursday evening, a vice president who oversees the
internal engineering of Amazon’s global computing system described how
Amazon is building its own specialized computers, data storage systems,
networking systems, even power substations and optical transmissions
systems. In every case, he said, Amazon Web Services had developed ways to
make its computers run cheaper and more efficiently than standard
“We’re changing everything everywhere,” said James Hamilton, vice
president and distinguished engineer at Amazon Web Services. “All of our
engineers are focused” on reducing the costs of computing. He was speaking
at Amazon’s second annual gathering of A.W.S. customers, partner companies
and analysts, an event that drew 9,000 people.
For Amazon, which rarely talks about Amazon Web Services, it was an
unusually frank and detailed explanation of a system on which the company
is thought to spend perhaps $1 billion annually (Amazon officials would
not confirm this number, but did not dispute it when asked directly.)
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- Amazon Bares Its Computers InfoSec News (Nov 19)