EBay’s flagship data center is open for business in Utah
When I joined EBay in September of 2009, I had the privilege of taking on the responsibility of delivering the single largest infrastructure project that the company has ever undertaken. A new data center code named project Topaz. At $287 million, it is also the single largest infrastructure investment the company has ever made. It is also the most complex construction project we have ever undertaken. Over 1.2 million man hours of work in just 14 months. But, the most important component of Topaz isn't the project itself, it is what it will be used for. It will house EBay’s core businesses - ebay.com, the world’s largest online marketplace with over 90 million buyers and sellers in 32 countries and PayPal.com, one of the leading ways to pay online with 81 million registered accounts available in 190 markets and 24 currencies. In 2009, the total worth of goods sold on eBay was over $60 billion: that’s over $2000 a second. Topaz isn't just a datacenter, it is the home of our business.
Ok, no pressure there...
As you can see, we live and die by the performance of our datacenters. Our buyers and sellers depend on its reliability. Project Topaz is a critical part of the EBay engine. It is the foundation for our business and must be solid, stable, and secure. In a nut shell, it needs to be bullet proof.