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Netflix Goes All-Cloud

Don Schuett
September 24, 2015

In a blog post last year, we urged customers to get on board the cloud—to get up to speed with what we called then “the future of IT.” Many companies are doing this, but as more and more companies get on board the cloud, a large number are pursuing hybrid solutions. It’s rare to see companies go 100% cloud, especially large ones.

That’s why the recent news from Netflix is so remarkable. Netflix announced recently that it plans to shut down the last of its data centers by the end of the summer.

As the Wall Street Journal notes in its report of the shutdown, the closing of Netflix's last data center has been seven years in the making. Netflix began its move to AWS after experiencing a major hardware failure in 2008. Much of Netflix is already hosted on AWS, including its video player, iPhone related technology, discovery and search, accounts pages, Big Data platform, and billing and payments.

With the closing of its data center later this summer, Netflix’s IT infrastructure will be 100% cloud-based. This will be the end of a long migration and will make Netflix one of the first big companies to run all of its information technology remotely in the public cloud.

Many questions remain amidst this migration. Will this affect Netflix service? What does this mean for AWS? Are more enterprises poised to make the transition to all-cloud arrangements? Should companies still keep some data internal or on-premise?

Though the answers to those questions remain to be seen, this is an exciting time for cloud. It's rare to see an all-public-cloud deployment strategy (again, especially large ones), but the good news is that it's certainly possible. Even for companies not ready to go 100% public cloud, there are a variety of cloud options for the multitude of IT needs across many types of organizations.

The Telx Cloud XChange ecosystem is a great example of this. A company could run an app in the public cloud, keep some computing power in the private cloud, and keep everything else in a colocation environment in a Telx data center. Even better, hybrid solutions like this don’t need to be static; an organization can shift resources to different clouds or colocation depending on the business demands. Or, as Netflix proves here, it could go 100% public cloud. That’s the beauty of cloud: there is no shortage of different solutions for nearly any business need.

Who will be the next company to get rid of its data centers and go 100% public cloud? We’re not sure—but we’re here to help any company that wants to migrate to the cloud.

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