How Amazon Followed Google Into the World of Secret Servers

Chris Pinkham was walking through a data centre that would one day house Amazon’s seminal cloud computing service — the Elastic Compute Cloud — when he came face to face with a cage of Google machines.

This was a decade ago, when Pinkham oversaw the hardware and software that ran Amazon, and the company was considering a spot in the data centre, which housed machines for many web operations and other businesses. Google would later pull a curtain around its data-centre hardware, moving much of it into private facilities, but in those days, it was easier for competitors like Pinkham to lay their eyes on Google machines.

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