Amazon Building Custom Chips to Accelerate Cloud Networking

Markets & Products / Why do they matter? / November 30, 2016

Amazon Web Services is developing customer semiconductors to accelerate its cloud computing network, expanding its push into custom hardware, the company said Tuesday. AWS says its new Annapurna ASIC will enable it move data faster across its huge data center network.

“We’re in the semiconductor business!” said James Hamilton, VP and Distinguished Engineer at Amazon Web Services, during a keynote last night at the AWS Re:Invent conference in Las Vegas. “We think this is a really big deal.”

Amazon unveiled the new chip in a presentation showcasing the growth of its fiber network and data infrastructure powering the growth of its massive AWS cloud operation, which now generates more than $10 billion in annual revenue.

Hamilton also provided an overview of Amazon’s data center deployment strategy, as well as a glimpse of recent-generation AWS custom cloud servers and storage units.

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Article  by Rich Miller, Data Center Fountier







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