Tuesday, November 29, 2016

AWS re:Invent 2016 Highlights - James Hamilton

Here are some highlights of the AWS re:Invent 2016 Tuesday Night keynote with James Hamilton, VP & Distinguished Engineer, AWS.


AWS continues to build at a crazy pace.. adding the data center capacity of a Fortune 500 every day.


AWS plans to add 4 more data center availability regions in '17

AWS now operates a 100GbE global network and has a growing interest in transoceanic cables.

Several AWS Availability Zones now exceed 300,000 servers but the benefits of building even larger is not always better.

AWS says its custom routers are "way more reliable" and flexible than commercial equivalents.

AWS' custom routers run Broadcom's Tomahawk ASICs.

AWS has pushed SDN down to the network interface card (NIC) to offload networking functions.

AWS not only builds network hardware, it's now in the silicon business too building custom chips.

AWS barebones server is optimized for power and thermal efficiency - not density inside the box.