Uber swaps its own data centers for Google and Oracle Cloud Services

Uber plans to move content from its data centers to Google Cloud and Oracle as part of two separate seven-year deals.

Unlike most of the tech industry, Uber has long relied on its own server hardware. But when COVID-19 disrupted supply chains and IT hardware delivery schedules stretched beyond a year, the San Francisco-based company changed its approach.

Using a cloud provider lessens the company’s reliance on hardware supply chains and allows it to leverage certain cybersecurity defenses and compliance standards, said Kamran Zargahi, senior director of technology strategy at Uber. wall street newspaper(opens in a new window).

“To deliver on (our) promise to customers and create value for shareholders, we needed a cloud provider that would help us maximize innovation and reduce our overall infrastructure costs,” Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said in a statement. .

The move, which includes more than 95% of Uber’s IT, is expected to be completed “within a few years,” according to Zargahi. It also means moving data center management engineers to “areas that differentiate our product.”

“Oracle offers an ideal combination of price, performance, flexibility and security to help us deliver incredible customer service, create new products and increase profitability,” explained Khosrowshahi. Oracle also agreed(opens in a new window) to use Uber as their preferred ride for global employees.

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Google, in turn, will provide technical investments(opens in a new window) across its Cloud, Ads and Maps platforms to help reduce Uber’s cost per trip, generate new revenue channels and improve internal analytics and customer experiences.

Uber, Alphabet and Oracle did not immediately respond to PCMag’s request for comment on the value of each deal. Uber also declined to respond to the Dailyabout how you plan to distribute your data and applications across Google and Oracle cloud services.

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