The Walt Disney Company partners AWS for Disney+ expansion

The Walt Disney Company partners AWS for Disney+ expansion

29 April 2021 | Natalie Bannerman

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The Walt Disney Company has selected Amazon Web Services (AWS) for the global rollout of its online streaming video service, Disney+.

Prior to this services expansion, the Walt Disney Company used AWS as its preferred public cloud infrastructure provider to support the acelerating growth of Disney+, which surpassed 100 million subscribers 16 months after launch in November 2019.

Using AWS’ infrastructure, the Walt Disney Company has been able to rollout Disney+ to 59 countries across North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America.

“Disney+ has completely reinvented what’s possible in content delivery by challenging convention and using cloud technology to build a streaming product from scratch that had never been launched and marketed before on such a global scale,” said Joe Inzerillo (pictured), executive vice president & CTO of  direct-to-consumer at The Walt Disney Company.

“AWS has been our preferred cloud provider for years, and its proven global infrastructure and expansive suite of services has contributed meaningfully to the incredible success of Disney+.”

This latest announcement will see Disney+ is expand its use of AWS’ services to include more than 50 technologies, such as machine learning, database, storage, content delivery, serverless, and analytics.

Disney+ already uses Amazon Kinesis - a service that enables the easy collection, processing and real-time analysis and streaming of data, as well as Amazon DynamoDB - AWS’ key-value database that delivers single-digit millisecond performance at any scale with built-in encryption and data recovery - to consume content, metadata, and billions of customer actions each day.

 Disney+ also uses Amazon Timestream AWS’ serverless, time-series database built for large scale consumption, storage, and real-time querying of times-series data in order to monitor the efficacy of their streaming platform.

“Disney+ brings beloved characters and timeless stories to a global audience through world-class direct-to-consumer video services,” said Carla Stratfold, vice president of AWS global and strategic accounts at Amazon Web Services.

“Only AWS’s proven global infrastructure and unparalleled set of capabilities deliver the reliability, scalability, and breadth of functionality to power one of the world’s most exciting streaming services and its expansion around the world. We look forward to continuing to provide comprehensive cloud capabilities and expertise to The Walt Disney Company to help them reinvent streaming entertainment for Disney fans globally.”