Social photo-sharing service Instagram is pretty proud of the infrastructure it built atop the Amazon Web Services (s amzn) cloud, but I have to wonder whether the startup's acquisition by Facebook today means all that effort was for nothing. Well, it wasn't for nothing, obviously -- Instagram was able to scale to handle tens of millions of users without developing a reputation for being slow or unavailable -- but Facebook is pretty adamant about running its services in its own custom-built data centers.
Why Instagram is likely moving on from Amazon's cloud
April 9, 2012 by Leave a Comment
This reminds me when Google brought Youtube and migrated it's services from Rackspace. Wondering how this will affect smaller cloud providers outside of AWS. I believe Amazon will find plenty of companies to utilize the space given up by Instagram but I don't know how smaller cloud players plan on competing with Amazon in the long run. Specifically Rackspace, as OpenStack stutters with the loss of Citrix does Rackspace have enough runway to get to critical size. Can it remain a standalone company?