EBay Moves Away From OpenStack, Embraces Kubernetes and Docker
As part of an initiative to completely revamp its data center infrastructure, eBay is “re-platforming, using Kubernetes and Docker and moving away from OpenStack,” according to a message to SDxCentral from Mazen Rawashdeh, VP of platform engineering at eBay. In May 2017 at the OpenStack Summit in Boston, an eBay executive said that 95 percent of all eBay traffic ran on its OpenStack cloud, which at the time managed 167,000virtual machines(VMs) and 4,000 applications. But since then, eBay has pivoted away from OpenStack as part of a major three-year infrastructure initiative.
In addition to its move to containers, eBay has also designed and built its own servers. And it plans to make the servers available via open source in the fourth quarter of this year. Open source is fueling eBay’s transformation.
In addition toKubernetes, the company is using Envoy Proxy, MongoDB, and Apache Kafka. And the online auction company plans to give back by sharing its innovations with open source communities. In addition to building its own servers, eBay built an in-house artificial intelligence (AI) engine that is shareable across all of its teams.
The AI engine has already accelerated the production of new features such as computer vision, image search, and social sharing.