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Netflix & Cloud: Nothing to be Afraid of

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Netflix, founded in 1997, is championed as the spearhead for “Cloud Computing v1.0.” But with great power comes great responsibility. Since it’s the first of its kind, it hasn’t quite worked out all the kinks. For example, in 2012 four outages occurred. These outages happened at the most inopportune times- like on Christmas Eve when your family has finally gathered around for the traditional yearly viewing of the classic Die Hard.

The timing coupled with the sheer scale of Netflix makes these outages seem worse than they actually were. Netflix accounts for one-third of North American Internet traffic during peak hours with over 36 million subscribers in 40 countries. The magnitude of hits Netflix receives on an hourly basis is outstanding. It is amazing that 361 days out of the year it runs as smoothly as it does. These outages lost them nearly zero customers and in fact, Netflix recuperated to become an even stronger business.

Instead of focusing on the risk involved with a cloud provider- one has to look at the significant reward. Businesses can save a lot of money by going with a cloud provider by the scalability aspect of cloud. You can leverage the shared service to cater your needs as a business.

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