Articles by Mike Fisher
- Selecting a Cloud Provider
Etsy decided to migrate their infrastructure from self-managed data centers to a cloud hosting provider. They undertook a careful selection process to choose the right partner. They identified over 30 sub-projects within the migration and used a RACI model to assign responsibilities. They held architectural reviews and experiments to determine requirements. They met with Google Cloud Platform multiple times and reference customers to gather information. They created a decision matrix weighing over 200 factors to evaluate the cloud providers. Google Cloud Platform scored over 10% higher based on Etsy's requirements. The selection process took 5 months with many people involved. The migration itself will take around 2 years while Etsy continues to focus on product innovation and risk mitigation. The use of a decision matrix weighing over 200 factors to evaluate the different cloud providers based on Etsy's specific requirements seems like an interesting and data-driven approach within their selection process.