American OTT Netflix completed the migration of its catalog and service systems to the cloud after seven years, the company stated in its institutional blog. The transition of contents from physical servers to the online support offered by Amazon Web Services (AWS) began in 2008 after an error in its database.
“We chose Amazon Web Services (AWS) as our cloud provider because it provided us with the greatest scale and the broadest set of services and features”, explained Yury Izrailevsky, Stevan Vlaovic and Ruslan Meshenberg at Netflix’s media center.
According to the experts, the cloud migration has brought many benefits to the company since the number of users they had in 2008 has increased eightfold and the overall number of viewings has tripled during this period. Moreover, this has allowed them to achieve lower starting transmission costs.
“Supporting such rapid growth would have been extremely difficult out of our own data centers; we simply could not have racked the servers fast enough. Elasticity of the cloud allows us to add thousands of virtual servers and petabytes of storage within minutes, making such an expansion possible”, reads the statement.