back to article Accounting software biz Intuit flogging bit barn to throw its lot in with AWS

Financial software flinger Intuit is binning its biggest data centre and plonking its corporate backends onto AWS – in another win for the public cloud's biggest player. The company is ditching its own data centre in Washington State, US, and throwing its lot in with Amazon after previously migrating some of its flagship apps …

  1. Dwarf Silver badge

    They seem to be going Intuit in a big way.

    I just hope that they have not clouded their judgement.

  2. Korev Silver badge

    Bursy workload

    This probably makes a lot more sense than many other on-prem to cloud migration that we see. As people normally need to file accounts / taxes once a year the workload is very variable and it saves on having lots of hardware just waiting for the busy periods.

    We probably need a better cloud icon -->

    1. Ken Moorhouse Silver badge

      Re: Burs[t]y workload

      As these tax deadlines affect everyone at the same time then AWS will have the problem of over-resourcing and having spare capacity lying around for long periods, or doing an Azure - limiting access to new data instances (as happened recently). There will be a temptation to levy Bursty Premium Pricing too.

      1. MatthewSt

        Re: Burs[t]y workload

        The tax deadline might be the same for everyone, but it's not the same time as the black Friday peak, or the Christmas rush, or the superb owl (as autocorrect calls it) so it's not like the capacity is idle the rest of the year

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    "We probably need a better cloud icon"

    Why? When the "cloud" reach the "critical mass", it's exactly what will happen.... one day a chain reaction of errors will bring down a lot of "critical system".... they won't be able to stop it quiclky enough, and for some time it will be just like "the day after"....

  4. joed

    "it expects to recoup some of those losses through tax rebates"

    So basically financial gimmicks on the backs of taxpayers (that had already been blocked from direct filing with IRS - by Intuit and alike).

  5. tea junkie

    Ever wondered why your NI number has a letter at the end? Its actually obsolete now, but it used to be used to determine which quarter of the year the Ministry of National Insurance dealt with your stamp card.

    Ive often felt it would make sense to use a similar system for personal tax. HMRC is very peaky with tax in janurary. spreading that out to, april, july and october would make obvipis sense.

    But instead the 'government' (actually the civil service) is outsourcing its data entry to business (making tax digital means tax minions dont need to do data entry of P60's anymore, roll on the P11d).

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