Zynga, the maker of popular social games including Farmville, CityVille, and Mafia Wars, has made a major shift in where it gets the computing horsepower for its more than 227 million monthly active users, in effect, upending its dependence on Amazon Web Services' infrastructure. "Instead of hosting 80% of our active daily players in the Amazon cloud and 20% in our own data centres, we reversed it. We now host 80% in our data centres and 20% in the cloud," said Allan Leinwand, CTO of infrastructure.
That would still make Zynga one of the largest implementers of hybrid cloud computing, building regular use of the public cloud into its IT staff's planning for how it will add to and use its own data centres. But it also represents how quickly the supplier of social networking games is revising its approach.
Source: Information Week