Yahoo! describes its cloud infrastructure at 2009 Cloud Computing Expo

Yahoo! was a sponsor at the Cloud Computing Expo this week in Santa Clara, which drew more than 2,000 attendees from around the globe.

Shelton Shugar, Yahoo!’s SVP of Cloud Computing, presented a keynote on Yahoo!’s vision for cloud computing, and an overview of Yahoo!'s Internet-scale private cloud services. As part of his talk, Shelton announced the open sourcing of Traffic Server, which has already gained huge traction (Traffic Server team, you rock!).

IT Pro commented: “Yahoo is taking another step into the cloud by confirming it is opening up its Traffic Server to an open source version … This is the second time within five months that Yahoo has shown its dedication to the open source cloud, following its opening up of its Hadoop platform in June this year.”

Shelton also announced a new release of the Yahoo! Distribution of Hadoop, which includes exciting improvements to robustness, security, performance, and operability. The YDN published a summary of Shelton’s talk on its blog. Sys-Con published a transcript of its question and answer session with Shelton on its blog.

Yahoo! cloud technology leaders presented a comprehensive overview of our cloud services:

The presentations were complemented by a Yahoo! booth on the exhibit floor staffed by energetic engineers from our team (thank you!) who spread the word about Yahoo!’s cloud computing leadership.

Sys-Con, the event coordinator, described the event in a press release.

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Dekel Tankel

Director, product management, cloud computing