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01 July 2014

Case study: How eBay uses its own OpenStack private cloud

Online marketplace eBay runs one of its most crucial workloads – its website – on an OpenStack private cloud platform developed by itself. Three years ago, eBay’s website was operated fully in its on-premises datacentre infrastructure. “Today, 95% of eBay marketplace traffic is powered by our OpenStack cloud. It was zero three years ago,” said Suneet Nandwani, head of cloud engineering at eBay, during the sixth annual Cloud World Forum conference in London. It started out as a developer cloud project in 2012, but today, eBay’s OpenStack-based private cloud is a multi-tenant, multi-region, self-service cloud that hosts the company’s customer-facing business-critical applications and the platforms its developers use. It has all the principles of a public cloud, but is in-house, Nandwani said. The company wanted to build a robust, scalable, agile infrastructure that can support the IT demands of all its brands, including the PayPal and eBay websites. Building a cloud infrastructure Deciding it needed a cloud infrastructure, the IT ...

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