Cloud Costs Optimization

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Sudhir Reddy

Sudhir Reddy


Flipkart's Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure Strategy for Optimal Cost Efficiency and Business Agility

Submitted Jun 27, 2023

Over the years, Flipkart has successfully operated a private cloud infrastructure consisting of millions of cores across multiple regions. However, the fluctuating compute requirements of 2x to 10x during major sale events such as “Big Billion Days,” “Independence Day,” and “Republic Day” often result in excessive underutilization of the infrastructure outside of these peak periods. While public cloud infrastructure offers flexible capacity and streamlined integration with managed services, its higher cost compared to private cloud infrastructure poses a challenge.

To address this challenge, Flipkart is embarking on a journey towards a hybrid cloud model. This approach aims to leverage the strengths of both public and private clouds, enabling Flipkart to optimize costs and enhance business agility. In this talk, we will talk about the specifics of Flipkart’s hybrid cloud strategy, highlighting the optimizations implemented across both private and public cloud environments.

Presentation Outline:

  • Introduction to Flipkart: Business Overview and Infrastructure Requirements
  • Understanding the advantages and disadvantages of private, public, and hybrid cloud models.
  • Overview of Flipkart’s decision to adopt a hybrid cloud approach.
  • Building Blocks for Enabling Hybrid Cloud Applications
  • Private Cloud Optimizations - storage, compute, and managed services
  • Public Cloud Optimizations for Big Data Workloads
  • Mitigating Risks in the Hybrid Cloud Environment
  • Conclusion and Key Takeaways
  • Questions & Answers

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