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Why tech giants turn to Netflix for IT help

on November 23, 2013

Gigaom

Most people think of Netflix(s nflx) as a video streaming service. That’s understandable — video delivery is its core business. But tech companies increasingly view Netflix as a very savvy IT partner.

Take IBM(s ibm) for example. As Gigaom reported this summer, an IBM Software team worked with an array of Netflix open source software tools to build a sample airline booking application to run natively on Amazon(s amzn) Web Services and ported it to IBM SmartCloud Enterprise and its SoftLayer successor. IBM bought Softlayer earlier this year for $2 billion and has made it the focal point of its cloud strategy.

Netflix brought something to the table that IBM needed — expertise in harnessing the distributed power of a massive public cloud infrastructure, spotting gaps in that infrastructure and then filling them so that the resulting applications can withstand failures or glitches in some components of that infrastructure. (Although…

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