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Six months after Oracle trumpeted Zoom as a cloud customer, AWS says it is Zoom’s ‘preferred’ cloud

Big Red said it was picked for its 'superior' cloud, but marketing minutiae and conference-eve thunder stealing have intruded

Amazon Web Services has announced it is now videoconferencing darling Zoom’s “preferred” cloud.

“The multi-year agreement extends the longstanding relationship between the two companies, enabling Zoom to rapidly scale its service on the world’s leading cloud,” reads Amazon’s canned statement.

“AWS has supported Zoom since 2011, and earlier this year when the COVID-19 pandemic began impacting businesses, schools, and governments around the world, Zoom expanded its relationship with AWS,” the statement continues. “Over the past year, Zoom has grown on AWS to accommodate an increase from 10 million daily meeting participants in December 2019 to more than 300 million a day regularly since April 2020.”

No, your correspondent has not returned to the office after long pre-Christmas lunch and decided he can get away with cutting and pasting press releases. We offer the above quotes because just over six months ago, on April 2, Oracle boasted that it was running Zoom in its clouds.

Big Red’s statement included the following verbiage:

To meet rapidly increasing demand for its services, including a sudden spike to 300 million daily meeting participants, Zoom needed additional cloud capacity immediately. Zoom selected Oracle Cloud Infrastructure for its advantages in performance, scalability, reliability and superior cloud security.

So superior, in fact, that six months later Zoom decided its best friend in the cloud is AWS. Oracle is just some other cloud it uses from time to time. We did warn you back in April that Zoom was using AWS and Microsoft Azure as well as an expansion into Oracle's cloud.

Indeed, after the April bragging by Oracle, AWS CEO Andy Jassy was quoted as saying “most” of Zoom was in the AWS cloud, and will be for the conceivable future. And of course, AWS let it be known on the opening of its re:invent conference this month that Zoom is still using Amazon's platform.

Oracle has its own shot across AWS’s bows coming to try and spoil that party. Keep an eye on The Register for that news. ®

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