Netflix completes cloud transition
| 12 February 2016
Subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) leader Netflix has completed its migration to the cloud, using Amazon Web Services as its provider for hosted services.
Most of the company's systems, and all of its customer-facing platforms, have been on the cloud since last year. The company has since implemented a cloud path for our billing infrastructure as well as customer and employee data management.
Netflix says it's ahead of schedule on hitting the uptime target of "four nines." Four nines or 99.99% uptime works out to a loss of only 52.56 minutes of service a year or less than nine seconds a day.
According to a company blog post the completion is the end of a seven-year journey.
“Our journey to the cloud at Netflix began in August of 2008, when we experienced a major database corruption and for three days could not ship DVDs to our members,” the company said. “That is when we realised that we had to move away from vertically scaled single points of failure, like relational databases in our datacentre, towards highly reliable, horizontally scalable, distributed systems in the cloud.”