eBay’s OpenStack Cloud Manages 167,000 Virtual Machines

| May 11, 2017

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eBay is a big OpenStack user, and Suneet Nandwani, eBay’s senior director of cloud infrastructure and platforms, provided some statistics on the company’s use of OpenStack.Speaking at the OpenStack Summit in Boston, Nandwani said, “In 2012 we started a transformation; we went to an internal cloud and doubled down on OpenStack at that time.”Now, 95 percent of all Ebay traffic runs on its OpenStack cloud, which manages 167,000 virtual machines (VMs) and 4,000 applications.

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