Andy Bechtolstheim presented at GigaOm and discussed a bunch of cool topics for the data center crowd. I am going to cheat and refer to Barb Darrow's notes as I was sitting next to her during the presentation and why type when I can copy the good stuff. :-) I saw Andy a few weeks ago in NYC at the Open Compute and was curious what he would say at GigaOm Roadmap.
Bechtolsheim: AWS, open source rewrite rules for startups
Andy made the point people would be nuts to build their own data centers.
A company might build out its own infrastructure only if it’s raised a lot of venture capital, he said. But it needs to be a lot. And even then, maybe AWS is a better way. “Netflix … uses Amazon for infrastructure. Here’s the leading, largest company in a field deciding it’s cheaper and more efficient to use a competitor for infrastructure rather than building its own.”
Andy mentioned the Open Compute Project.
For nearly every entrepreneur weighing a tech startup, it’s better to rent than to buy or build.
The full presentation is here.