Netflix shifts its entire streaming operation to Amazon Web Services

Netflix shifts its entire streaming operation to Amazon Web Services

In a post published on its blog this week, popular streaming service Netflix has revealed that it has completed the migration of its content to the Amazon cloud --- the Amazon Web Services (AWS).

The transition - which involved the shifting of Netflix's billions of hours of film and TV content to AWS - has been completed by Netflix in seven years.

Netflix streaming service began the process of migration of its content to the Amazon cloud in 2008. On Thursday, Netflix announced that it has transferred the last batch of data stored in its own facilities to AWS. The shifting of its content to the Amazon cloud has not just resulted in faster speeds for Netflix, but has also helped the company record an eight-fold increase in its membership growth over the past seven years.

However, while announcing that it has shifted its entire streaming operation to AWS, Netflix has also admitted that its dependence on Amazon may unfold some problems in future. While projecting potential glitches resulting from future AWS outages, Netflix made a reference to the September glitch in Amazon's cloud database, as well as an outage that hit the streaming service in December 2012.

Netflix asserted in its blog post that "Failures are unavoidable in any large scale distributed system, including a cloud-based one," and added that it will try to survive failures by using diverse techniques in building and testing its software.

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