Does anyone know the hardware vendor amazon uses for their EC2 cloud?
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A blog showing some research made on the hardware is here http://huanliu.wordpress.com/2010/06/14/amazons-physical-hardware-and-ec2-compute-unit/
Points from the blog
I don't know the answer (if indeed there is a single answer) but effectively, it doesn't matter one bit. The only thing that customers get is virtualized. Amazon could replace everything overnight without even impacting customers.
Maybe they do what Google does and buys whiteboxes without cases in pods, and replaces the whole pod when it goes bad.