The COVID-19 pandemic is continuing to affect the demand for the cloud. eBay’s Chief Technology Officer Mazen Rawashdeh published a blog post about the company’s use of its own infrastructure to withstand suddenly increased demands in 2020 in part due to its cloud hosting decision. eBay serves tens of billions of requests daily through its platform.
Using private cloud infrastructure
Many sites use solutions from IBM, Oracle, Amazon, and Google for shifting to the cloud, eBay decided to stick with its own infrastructure. On the contrary, Etsy has announced in 2017 that it would migrate from its own data centers to the Google Cloud Platform.
“Thanks to our tech transformation strategy and investments in our private cloud infrastructure, the eBay marketplace has met the sudden and rapid influxes in customer demands with ease and agility throughout the pandemic with an even faster, more modern and more seamless customer experience,” wrote Mazen Rawashdeh in the blog post.
Etsy’s Chief Technology Officer Mike Fisher wrote on the Etsy corporate blog said,
“Our migration to Google Cloud has enabled us to shift more than 15% of our engineering headcount from daily infrastructure management to improving the customer experience. The combination of increased brain power and significant compute power has dramatically sped up our innovation pipeline.”
eBay is able to handle the influx in traffic and transactions while keeping costs relatively flat. They kept their marketplace available or customers throughout the pandemic at a relatively flat cost, even as they welcomed new customers to their platform,” according to eBay.