eBay Leans Back From Windows

eBay may not be the biggest online computer user, but they are one of the larger online businesses, and they are certainly well-known. In a recent interview with Marty Abbott, eBay’s senior VP of Technology, eWeek was there to record some interesting statements about the direction of eBay’s future technological structure.

One of the most interesting items covered in the interview was how eBay took a disasterous technology setup in 1999 and turned it into the fluid structures that are in place today.

One of the most interesting things Abbott had to say were about Microsoft and eBay’s future technology. In the past, eBay had always relied on Sun hardware and Microsoft operating systems. They started out with one large mainframe on the back end and four or five searchable database servers to a distributed series of grid-coupled servers in four data centers around the country. The future of their hardware plans include Sun servers, running AMD processors and the Linux operating system. The grid computing model has added mobility to their load handling capability and tremendously reduced the time it took for database updates (from 6-12 hours down to 90 seconds!).