1 Mar 2013

AWS and Ubuntu - Open Obama

This is a great three minute short giving an overview of how AWS technology helped Obama win his 2012 campaign for presidential re-election.

Harper Reed was the CTO responsible and he highlights the decisions involved with choosing AWS, the selection of technologies they used and how the platform delivered for them when things took off at various trigger points.


If you'd like to find out more there's an expanded interview with Harper on the Ubuntu site detailing the extent of the challenges they faced along with a more detailed breakdown of server and application stacks plus related methods of deployment :

http://insights.ubuntu.com/cloud/ubuntu-powered-obama-for-america-success

Their 'mid-campaign' tweet about sums it up:

“4Gb/s, 10k requests per second, 2,000 nodes, 3 datacenters, 180TB and 8.5 billion requests. Design, deploy, dismantle in 583 days to elect the President. #madops”

Imagine trying to achieve such craziness using dedicated hardware which you first had to source, accommodate and deploy, it just wouldn't happen. The cost of the actual kit tied to the man hours involved to provision it would be insane, let alone the capacity planning required to cover all bases.

Pretty cool huh.

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