Since 1877, when inventor Thomas Edison invented the phonograph, music players have become increasingly compact, and the way we listen to audio has constantly improved. And thanks to streaming technology (in Portuguese, media flow), today we can listen to our favorite songs online, without the need to download them to our devices – or use cassette tapes, vinyl records or walkmans.

One of the most well-known online music services today is Spotify, which offers its users instant access to millions of songs. But by using its own servers for data storage, Spotify has been facing a series of challenges in recent years. It is only now that your people 'hit the hammer' and said: let's go to the cloud. Next, see how Spotify's migratory journey to cloud computing. Check out:

The main challenges facing Spotify

Spotify's goal is to allow its users to listen to any music, whenever and wherever they want. But because the service had to add more than 20,000 tracks a day to its catalog – a number that will most likely increase over the next few years, the IT team began to need a storage solution that could scale very quickly. Unfortunately, its infrastructure was not able to meet this need.

For years, Spotify bought and maintained its own data centers. In 2008, the company had only 20 servers. But in 2014, that number increased to 5,000 physical servers and 1,000 virtual servers hosted in the AWS storage cloud (Amazon Web Services). Nicholas Harteau, Spotify's vice president of engineering and infrastructure, admitted that operating the service's own data centers was a "pain".

But the company's IT team did this because they felt that the core cloud computing services were not providing an adequate level of quality, cost and performance for Spotify in the long term. Recently, its members recognized that data storage in the cloud has sufficient quality, to the point of considering the idea of ​​maintaining its own servers in the coming years to be unfeasible.

The benefits generated by cloud computing

Spotify's IT people had spent several years using a physical infrastructure, looking at the benefits of cloud computing and leveraging AWS services for just a few needs. But as the service spread around the world, engineers ended up needing more storage space. His plans to move the servers closer to the users also became unfeasible.

This is because the traditional approach of buying, deploying and managing data centers in different regions of the planet to offer a better service to music lovers would demand even more time and financial resources. From this infeasibility, the IT engineers hit the hammer and decided to embrace the cloud and benefit from the economy and the higher quality of services.

With cloud computing, Spotify will be able to expand its storage instantly, without the need for its staff to spend several months preparing for a new data center rollout, adjust to any changes in user demand, and offer them great service. streaming audio. According to Nicholas, the migration project is large and complex, and will take some time to complete.

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