eBay to use Microsoft Enterprise Cloud Environment
eBay is the largest online shopping site in the world with 200 million listings globally at any one time.
eBay is used to solving complex scaling problems but they are now looking for the most effective computing infrastructure that allows automatic scaling of their computing / hosting requirements.
As a result eBay is going to use the Windows Azure platform which provides a range of internet services that is accessed in both on-premises and off-premises environments. All the applications are hosted in the ‘cloud’ at Microsoft data centres around the world, as required.
Windows Azure looks after everything computing issues like scalability, backup, security plus much more.
Windows Azure also has a Content Delivery Network (CDN) across 18 global datacentres (United States, Europe, Asia, Australia and South America), which is continually expanding.
Microsoft has a few competitors in this space:
- Amazon Web Services
- Engine Yard
- Google App Engine
however eBay has decided on the Microsoft product as it seems they are both working on the same scalability issues.