“It also happens to be a hell of a lot cheaper. This is the game that is available if you start to exploit the cloud,” says Hamilton.
"When you start talking about tens of thousands of servers, that is a mid-sized data centre that is worth around $150 million to $250 million,” he says. “That can come to life for a few weeks, then brought back down.
“What this means conventional companies running on premise have to provision for that peak [use], because it takes a long time to get servers through the acquisition cycle.
“You will be really slow to respond to demand signals.”
Hamilton also discussed the 14 AWS regions (data centre locations) worldwide, which he says will grow to 18 next year.
The cable starts at Mangawhai Heads in Northland and will stretch 14,000 kilometres through to Sydney, Hawaii and mainland USA. The build started last week and is expected to be completed in the middle of 2018.
“Cloud computing has gone from very nice to have, to something mission critical every single day,” says Soderstrom. “It is speeding up how we work, test and infuse.”
He says NASA Jet Propulsion teams are using the cloud “to search for the big answers in new ways”.
“Our network is in space ... we collect a lot of data.”Some of their space exploration projects centre on answering major questions that will impact humanity, such as ‘how can we protect mother earth?’ and ‘where could we find life?’
“We are all going to be future explorers,” he says. “Your children will one day go to Mars, whether through AR (augmented reality) or physically as astronauts.”
He issues a call to the audience: ‘Dare to do mighty things’
“Let us answer the big questions for humanity together.”
Divina Paredes attended re:Invent 2016 as a guest of AWS.
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