Netflix Gives Users Exactly What They Want - Every Time
In 2010, Netflix began moving its data to Amazon Web Services (AWS) to offer subscribers more flexibility across devices. At the time, Netflix was using Oracle as the back-end database and was approaching limits on traffic and capacity with the ballooning workloads managed in the cloud. The company knew that a single data center meant a single point of failure, and outages or poor-quality streaming could drive away customers. The problem they found with a central SQL database was that everything was in one place—which is only convenient until it fails. Because the database is expensive, users tend to put everything in there—compounding the impact of a potential failure.