Spotify has announced plans to move its entire service to the Google Cloud Platform, in another example of firms ditching as much of their own infrastructure as possible.
Nicholas Harteau, vice president of engineering and infrastructure at Spotify, explained that, while in the past it made more sense to run its own data centres, this has now changed.
"The storage, compute and network services available from cloud providers are as high quality, high performance and low cost as the traditional approach," he said.
"This makes the move to the cloud a no-brainer for us. Google, in our experience, has an edge here, but it’s a competitive space and we expect the big players to battle it out for the foreseeable future."
Elaborating on the decision to work with Google, Harteau added: "What really tipped the scales was our experience with Google’s data platform and tools.
"Good infrastructure isn’t just about keeping things up and running. It’s about making all of our teams more efficient and more effective, and Google’s data stack does that for us in spades."
The decision to use Google over market leader AWS is a big win for Google, and the company was keen to highlight the services that Spotify will use in its cloud environment.
"For storage, Spotify is now implementing Google Cloud Datastore and Google Cloud Bigtable. This rich fabric of storage services lets engineers work on complex back-end logic, instead of focusing on how to store the data and maintain databases," wrote Guillaume Leygues, lead sales engineer for the Google Cloud Platform.
"Spotify is also deploying Google’s Cloud Networking services, such as Direct Peering, Cloud VPN and Cloud Router, to transfer petabytes of data. This results in a fast, reliable and secure experience for users around the globe."
The change won't happen overnight, and will need to be carefully planned to make it seamless to the end user. Spotify curates a separate engineering blog that will detail the changes as they happen.
Google has reported increased price cuts for its cloud services as the firm uses Moore's law as the basis for "more users, lower cost" price modelling.
The huge amount of data generated by Spotify's near seven million users may even lead to price drops at Google by itself.
Spotify's move echoes a similar decision by Netflix earlier this month to move its entire infrastructure to AWS, as firms increasing look to cut hardware and IT management costs.
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