Every week it seems we hear about another large enterprise moving a major chunk of workloads to AWS or some other public cloud. Meanwhile, the private cloud—once considered a vital part of the enterprise’s future—gets no respect. “The enterprises that banked on private clouds a few years ago are now having second thoughts,” says InfoWorld’s David Linthicum in a recent post.
I can assure you that Yahoo isn’t one of those enterprises. InfoWorld recently interviewed Yahoo’s VP of Cloud Services, Preeti Somal, who gave us an in-depth virtual tour of the company’s enormous private cloud, which runs hundreds of thousands of servers worldwide, averages one terabit per second of traffic to over a billion monthly users, and accommodates roughly 50,000 build jobs per day.