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AWS use at News International         Paul Cheesbrough                CIO              July 2011
Who is News International?
Our current environment•Thousands of servers•Petabytes of storage•Multiple data centres•80% virtualised with VMWare•Commit...
Why AWS?• Unpredictable demand for websites• True utility pricing• Want to bring up services quickly• Reputation• New mana...
Experiences getting started• Developers and sys admin had no experience – Put in place intense training program• Change in...
WordNerd
Benefits of AWS for WordNerd• Would have cost us around £25,000 to buy in computing resources  and weeks lead time, or $75...
AWS Hosts adjusting load automatically
Amazon technology we use• EC2 (compute)• EBS (disk)• RDS (database)• CloudWatch (monitoring)• SNS (notification)• ELB (loa...
Challenges• Rethink of system design – Design for failure of any component and region – High performance comes from scale ...
How can Amazon improve• 64 bit small instances so we don’t need two images• True cloud database similar to Xeround• Replic...
Questions? Keep in touch  – Twitter: paulcheesbrough  – Email: paul.cheesbrough@newsint.co.uk
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AWS Customer Presentation - News International

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AWS Customer Presentation - News International

  1. 1. AWS use at News International Paul Cheesbrough CIO July 2011
  2. 2. Who is News International?
  3. 3. Our current environment•Thousands of servers•Petabytes of storage•Multiple data centres•80% virtualised with VMWare•Committed to the cloud and reducing on-premises infrastructure
  4. 4. Why AWS?• Unpredictable demand for websites• True utility pricing• Want to bring up services quickly• Reputation• New management have worked with it before
  5. 5. Experiences getting started• Developers and sys admin had no experience – Put in place intense training program• Change in development practices – (tightly coupled middleware and code previously)• Needed new service management process• New security model
  6. 6. WordNerd
  7. 7. Benefits of AWS for WordNerd• Would have cost us around £25,000 to buy in computing resources and weeks lead time, or $75.40 per day if using existing kit• Project cost us $27.60 per day in Amazon resources• Scaled to take the load as needed• No manual intervention to scale up and down• RDS makes databases easier – less management
  8. 8. AWS Hosts adjusting load automatically
  9. 9. Amazon technology we use• EC2 (compute)• EBS (disk)• RDS (database)• CloudWatch (monitoring)• SNS (notification)• ELB (load balancing)• Elastic MapReduce (data analysis/HPC)• VPC (linking back to out site)
  10. 10. Challenges• Rethink of system design – Design for failure of any component and region – High performance comes from scale out, not up – Automate as much as possible (Puppet linked to version control)• Finding good support partners• Having to build a new monitoring/alerting system• Solaris cannot easily be used in Amazon
  11. 11. How can Amazon improve• 64 bit small instances so we don’t need two images• True cloud database similar to Xeround• Replicating file system between regions• Continue to push upwards into PaaS/SaaS
  12. 12. Questions? Keep in touch – Twitter: paulcheesbrough – Email: paul.cheesbrough@newsint.co.uk

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