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The two-pizza rule and the secret of Amazon's success
« on: April 26, 2018, 03:59:36 PM »
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Amazon is good at being an e-commerce company that sells things, but what it’s great at is making new e-commerce companies that sell new things.

The company calls this approach its “flywheel”: it takes the scale that can smother a typical multinational, and uses it to provide an ever-increasing momentum backing up its entire business. The faster the flywheel spins, and the heavier it is, the harder it is for anyone else to stop it.

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Perhaps the best example of that approach in action is the birth and growth of AWS (previously called Amazon Web Services).

AWS is large enough that in 2016 the company released the “Snowmobile”, a literal truck for moving data. The companies that work with AWS move so much information around that sometimes the internet simply cannot cope. So now, if you want to upload a lot of data to Amazon’s cloud, the company will drive a truck to your office, fill it with data, then drive it back. If you need to upload 100 petabytes – that’s roughly 5m movies in 4k with surround sound – it turns out there’s no quicker way to do it than driving it down the freeway at 75mph.

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/apr/24/the-two-pizza-rule-and-the-secret-of-amazons-success

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Re: The two-pizza rule and the secret of Amazon's success
« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2018, 05:41:41 PM »
Reminds me of the Vernor Vinge novel Fire Upon the Deep... I don't remember it that well, but one of the aspects is shipping large amounts of data around in dense, solid state storage because it's faster to do so than to beam it at lightspeed on a low bandwidth beam.

Great book, by the way, if you're looking for a good sci-fi read.

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Re: The two-pizza rule and the secret of Amazon's success
« Reply #3 on: April 27, 2018, 07:12:01 PM »
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Of course, the virtually infinite bandwidth would come at the cost of 80,000,000-millisecond ping times.

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