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Evernote gives up on data centers, goes to Google Cloud Platform

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Machine learning tools a “major draw” over AWS

Notetaking application Evernote is set to move to Google Cloud Platform by the end of 2016, after using its own servers and infrastructure for the past eight years.

With over 200 million users and billions of notes and attachments stored with Evernote, the news marks a major coup for Google, which has tried to catch up to rivals Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure.

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“In reviewing our options, the benefits of adopting a modern cloud solution for our data quickly became clear,” Ben McCormack, Evernote’s VP of Operations said in a blog post.

“After an intensive period of research and investigation involving several cloud providers, we have selected Google Cloud Platform to provide our data infrastructure moving forward.”

He added: “In addition to scale, speed, and stability, Google will also give Evernote access to some of the same deep-learning technologies that power services like translation, photo management, and voice search.”

These deep learning technologies were a major draw for Evernote, with Anirban Kundu, Evernote’s CTO, telling ComputerWorld: “AWS, they’re strong on the machine learning infrastructure side of things, but on the machine learning applications, we thought Google was definitely head-and-shoulders above them,”

As for Microsoft: “The results were pretty strong in Google’s favor.”

Google itself was unsurprisingly eager to comment on the news, with Brian Stevens, VP of Google Cloud Platform saying in a blog post: “Evernote evaluated multiple public cloud vendors and specifically chose Google Cloud Platform for our advanced data analytics and machine learning capabilities.”

The shift to cloud comes at a time of reorganization for Evernote, which brought in former Google X and Google Canada exec Chris O’Neill as CEO in July 2015. Three months later, the company announced it had laid off 18 percent of its workforce and was planning to close three of its ten global offices.

Google Cloud, meanwhile has seen growth as of late, with the new head Diane Greene hiring sales teams and spending over a billion dollars on acquisitions since taking over in November. Last week, the company announced plans to purchase API firm Apigee for $625 million, a few months after launching its West Coast region.

In choosing Google Cloud, Evernote joins companies like Snapchat, Spotify, Coca Cola and Viant, while AWS customers include the likes of Netflix, Lyft and Adobe Systems.

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