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January 12, 2005

CTO - Amazon.com

The reason why I am thinking about how the personal statements on your weblog are interpreted by the community and by the traditional media is that recently I have accepted the position of Chief Technology Officer for Amazon.com. It is obvious that in that role, I have to be more thoughtful in how I use this medium.

In the role of CTO I am responsible for driving the Amazon.com technology vision for the coming years. For those of you who know my previous work it will not be a surprise that in this vision there will be a strong focus on using the massive scalability of the distributed systems architecture to achieve robust performance and high-availability. There is great excitement at Amazon.com about using novel, advanced distributed systems techniques to build systems of unparalleled scale and reliability. Amazon.com will always be pushing the limits of technology and one of the main challenges is how to enable the continuous innovation of our platform and services, while maintaining the guaranteed high-availability that customers, developers and partners should expect of us.

Posted by Werner Vogels at January 12, 2005 01:49 PM
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Comments

Congratulations, Werner! Does this means that you will be blogging again -- or blogging even less? :-)

Posted by: Dave Seidel on January 12, 2005 04:23 PM

Great news, Werner. I look forward to seeing where you take Amazon. I hope, however, that this doesn't kill the blog. As Jonathan Schwartz has proven, even CXOs can blog if they're careful ;)

Posted by: Stephen O'Grady on January 12, 2005 04:31 PM

When doing your distributed architecture, don't discount IBM technologies - Linux on z/Series boxes can provide great reliability and some immunity to virus-type problems since the z/Series instruction set is radically different from Intel's. You can the savings of consolidation by running a lot of virtualized Linux servers under IBM's z/VM system - it's not hard.

No, I don't work for IBM. I've used their hardware for 30 years, but I've never worked for them.

Posted by: Tim on January 12, 2005 11:18 PM

Congratulations, Werner!

Dave

Posted by: David Sifry on January 13, 2005 12:49 AM

Congratulations and good luck with the job.

Posted by: Tejas Patel on January 13, 2005 12:52 AM

Sounds like some fun stuff, congrats Werner!

Posted by: Serdar Kilic on January 13, 2005 06:05 AM

Well deserved - all the best of luck!

Posted by: James Shaw on January 13, 2005 08:46 AM

Good show, Werner! Congrats!

Posted by: Steve Kirks on January 13, 2005 03:35 PM

I really hope you continue to blog even after joining Amazon.

Posted by: Waqas Ahmed on January 13, 2005 07:29 PM

Now that is amazingly cool. Congratulations!

Posted by: Clemens Vasters on January 13, 2005 11:48 PM

Congratulations Werner; I look forward to seeing cool stuff coming out of Amazon in the future!

Posted by: Sanjiva Weerawarana on January 14, 2005 08:05 PM

Congrats Werner a fantastic opportunity for you and Amazon!

Posted by: Jim Murphy on January 15, 2005 10:13 PM

Congratulations, Werner.

There sure will be interesting times ahead :)

Posted by: William Tay on January 16, 2005 05:12 AM

Congratulations!!

Posted by: Seb on January 17, 2005 11:45 AM

Congratulations Werner. Lots of challenging times ahead. Looking forward to more innovation from Amazon. And do keep the blog going.

Best wishes for your new endeavor.

Posted by: Bala on January 18, 2005 02:07 AM

Congratulations

Posted by: Nick Mudge on January 18, 2005 03:09 AM

CONGRATULATIONS!!
Working at Amazon should be full of fun and amazing jobs. Really good to hear that you can make your ideal reality!
~ 2002 graduate of publish-subscribe and peer-to-peer systems project ^_^

Posted by: Dominique Hui-Ching Kuo on January 19, 2005 03:54 AM

Congratulations Werner!

Posted by: Vikas Deolaliker on January 19, 2005 07:31 PM

Congratulations; this is really exciting! It looks like Amazon is becoming a very interesting place.

Posted by: Mark Nottingham on January 19, 2005 07:46 PM

Well done Werner! I hope it works out for you (and Amazon). All the best.

Posted by: Mark Little on January 19, 2005 08:16 PM

mnot wrote, "It looks like Amazon is becoming a very interesting place."

Seems to me that Amazon has been becoming a very interesting place for several years now...

Posted by: Adam Rifkin on January 22, 2005 04:31 PM