California-based online retailer eBay Inc. said Sept. 5 that it will build its own custom-designed servers as part of a three-year plan to replatform and modernize its backend infrastructure.
The servers will be built for eBay, but will also be available to the public via open source in the fourth quarter of 2018.
The company, which processes 300 billion data queries each day, expects the move to improve customer experience and reduce its dependence on third-party providers.
EBay said it was able to replatform without incremental cost and reinvested savings back into the business.
The company added that its artificial intelligence initiatives have already produced new features and functionalities, such as computer vision, image search and social sharing.