Sony Computer Entertainment of America is shifting some of its hosting services from Amazon Web Services to Rackspace’s OpenStack platform, a move that comes after last year’s high-profile PlayStation Network outage, according to a report by Network World. According to a report by Bloomberg shortly after the outage, the hacker in the Sony incident allegedly created a fake account on AWS and then used the service to launch the attack.

GigaOm reports that the move by Sony to Rackspace is a “high-profile win” for the OpenStack platform, which was created by Rackspace and NASA two years ago. The open-source platform also has the support of Citrix, HP, Dell and others.

The defection follows a series of price reductions of AWS, including one earlier this week.

UPDATE: Sony Computer Entertainment of America issued this statement following the news report by Network World.

“Sony Computer Entertainment America utilizes various hosting options, including those from Amazon Web Services and OpenStack, among others, for its game platforms,” said Dan Race, director of corporate communications with SCEA. “The reports claiming that SCEA is discontinuing its relationship with Amazon Web Services are inaccurate.”

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  • Albert27835

    “bloggers all the way down” i read recently.  this headline is so awfully bad and was written on the back of an article by network world that was already weakly founded.  no direct quotes no sources and you guys basically retweeted it then recanted it… you’re smart guys — you can do much better reporting John.

  • Albert27835
    • johnhcook

      The headline indicates that “some” services are being moved to Rackspace, which is what I understand is occurring. 

  • Guest

    John, this article is confusing. Is Sony dumping Amazon or not? You’ve stated both.

    • johnhcook

      I understand that it is confusing. The first reports out from Network World indicated that Sony was cutting its entire relationship with AWS, which has since been noted not to be the case. The company reportedly is moving “some” of its hosting off AWS. 

      • Guest

        I see. The headline reads, “Sony gaming unit dumps some Amazon Web Services.” Which web services is Sony dumping? I think it’s odd that you didn’t name a single Amazon Web Service in the article, and yet “some” are affected.

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