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Paul Cochrane, Systems Architect, AutoDesk discuss how they use AWS in their business and why they use AWS cloud at the AWS Enterprise Tour - SF - 2010

Paul Cochrane, Systems Architect, AutoDesk discuss how they use AWS in their business and why they use AWS cloud at the AWS Enterprise Tour - SF - 2010

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  • You may not realize it, but Autodesk is everywhere. If you’ve ever driven a stylish car, admired a towering skyscraper, or watched a great film, chances are you’ve experienced what Autodesk customers can do with our software.Note: All statistics in this presentation are current as of March 2010.

AWS Customer Presentation - Autodesk AWS Customer Presentation - Autodesk Presentation Transcript

  • Virtual Private Cloud
    Paul Cochrane
    Infrastructure Architect
    paul.cochrane@autodesk.com
  • Courtesy of KlingStubbins
    Autodesk: A World Leader in 2D and 3D Design, Engineering, and Entertainment Software
    10+ million users of our software
    800,000+ companies
    FY10 revenue $1.7M
    6,600 employees
    Image courtesy of ADEPT Airmotive (Pty) Ltd.
    Image courtesy of Mammoth-WEBCO, Inc.
  • Initial Success With AWS
    Several successful SaaS products on AWS
    How can IT get in on the fun?
  • What problem are we trying to solve?
  • What is the purpose of a data center?
  • Conversion of electricity to compute cycles
  • Can someone else generate compute cycles for less?
    Can we consume compute cycles as a utility?
    Can we present this utility where it’s useful?
  • Let’s look at these in reverse order:
    (Because number three is hard)
    Can we present this utility where it’s useful?
    Can we consume compute cycles as a utility?
    Can someone else generate compute cycles for less?
  • Question 1:
    Can we present this utility where it’s useful?
  • Need my water utility connected to kitchen and bathroom
    The problem with utility computing!
    Not to living room!
  • VPC is part of the Autodesk internal network
  • VPC Connectivity
    Can connect to any internal resource
    Cannot connect to internet
    Uses Autodesk firewalls, IDS, etc.
  • Question 2:
    Can we consume compute cycles as a utility?
  • Yes!
    Standardized OS images
    Integrated management systems
    Integrated security controls
    “Just looks like any other server in our data center”
  • Initial pilot projects
  • Data Crunching With Hadoop
    What happens when daily ETL takes >24 hours?
    Should we buy a bigger server?
    Should we be using MapReduce?
  • Meeting Peak Computing Demands
    Demand for internal compute resources fluctuates with the release cycle
    How do we scale for these fluctuations?
  • Meeting Peak Computing Demands
    For some asynchronous services, we can add VPC instances to meet peak demand.
  • Infrastructure to Support Agile
    Many scrum teams = many environments
    Continuous integration = continuous deployments = continuous infrastructure changes
    “How can I iterate code changes quickly when it takes a week (or even a day) to get a new server?”
  • Question 3:
    Can someone else generate compute cycles for less?
  • Not sure
  • Lessons Learned
  • For the security guy…….
  • “We are concerned about security”
  • For the CIO…….
  • Start figuring out your internal costs now!
    If you don’t embrace utility computing now, someone else will very soon! (IT outside of IT)
    Set standards, create policies – treat like an internal data center, not a free for all
    Message your people – utility computing is not a threat!
  • For the sysadmin…….
  • Implement standards from day one – take some time to create standard AMIs that look like internal servers
    Integrate management systems from day one – directory services, patching, log collection, AV, etc.
    Go home. Spend some time with your family (or World of Warcraft clan). Life is about to get much easier.
  • I am was a decidedly average sysadmin
  • The Automation You Always Meant to Build
    Provision and attach 1TB of storage in 2 minutes (from the back of an auto-rickshaw in India).
    10 new Linux servers in 2 minutes (while sitting by the pool on a nice day).
    Monitoring server resources from an iPhone (in a bar).