Spotify Next Media Company to Move to the Cloud

Music streaming service Spotify is moving to the cloud: Spotify is migrating all of its backend infrastructure from its own servers to Google’s cloud platform, the company announced in a blog post Tuesday.

“The storage, computer and network services available from cloud providers are as high quality, high performance and low cost as what the traditional approach provides,” explained Spotify’s VP of engineering and infrastructure Nicholas Harteau. He added that it will take Spotify some time to complete the transition.

Harteau didn’t provide any details about the number of servers Spotify is currently running; historical data released by the company shows that Spotify was using 1,300 servers in 2011. By 2014, that number had grown to 5,000 production servers and 1,000 virtual servers hosted by cloud providers like Amazon. In 2008, Spotify was running all of its infrastructure on just 20 servers.

Back then, the company also decided to cut down on content delivery costs by embracing P2P to deliver music to listeners. Essentially, every listener was uploading data and sharing it with others while streaming music. Spotify eventually abandoned this model in response to the growing use of its mobile apps in 2014.

Spotify isn’t the only media service to embrace the cloud. Netflix, which had long been a cloud proponent, recently turned off its last data center.

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