Amazon's Werner Vogels On Reinventing Virtualization

CRN | December 05, 2019

Amazon CTO Werner Vogels used his always-anticipated re:Invent keynote to detail the hardware and software innovations making the world's largest cloud more performant and secure.Those efforts started years ago with reinventing virtualization the technology that underpins modern cloud computing, Vogels told attendees of his Thursday keynote at the massive AWS conference in Las Vegas. AWS has been building custom hardware and advancing novel software architectures to reduce latency, minimize resource overhead, and better isolate compute instances, he said.

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A virtualized, multi-tenant environment must allow the unlimited transparent migration of workloads across physical servers— while controlling the cost and maintaining the Quality of Service (QoS) the customer requires. Most importantly, virtualized data centers need the flexibility of provisioning resources that span multiple geographic locations. At the same time, virtualized data centers must maintain isolation between tenants and still allow seamless management of the multi-tenant environment.


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