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> First Lyft should have built an expertise in infrastructure?

The alternative being that they should have build an expertise in using AWS instead?

I'm not particularly trying to argue either way; I'm just saying that claiming that using AWS doesn't need expertise is a false premise. AWS isn't special here, either.

If instead you use some sort of abstraction and/or tooling, now you need expertise in that tooling.

You only need a few people on prem with AWS expertise. You would be surprised how much infrastructure and management grunt work you can outsource to cheaper managed service providers who can then outsource some of their grunt work overseas.

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