James Hamilton : 2011 Plenary Session


Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Location: Fisher Conference Center, Arrillaga Alumni Center

"Cloud Computing is Driving Infrastructure Innovation"
12:15pm - 2:00pm


The pace of innovation is ramping up in datacenter power distribution, mechanical systems, intra-data center networking, and server hardware. When the scale is massive and infrastructure costs dominate, the pace of technology change quickens. The difference between a self-sustaining, profitable service and an economic failure can often be traced backed to only small differences in infrastructure efficiency. This talk inventories high-scale service infrastructure costs and some of the innovations driven by optimizing for work done by joule and work done per dollar.


James is VP and Distinguished Engineer at Amazon Web Services where he focuses on infrastructure efficiency, reliability, and scaling. Prior to AWS, James has held leadership roles on several high-scale products and services including Windows Live, Exchange Hosted Services, Microsoft SQL Server, and IBM DB2. James loves all things server related and is interested in optimizing all components from data center power and cooling infrastructure, through server design, and the distributed software systems they host. He maintains a blog on high scale services at http://perspectives.mvdirona.com.