Evernote moves its infrastructure to Google Cloud Platform

The note-taking company plans to finish migrating data for its more than 200 million customers by the end of the year.

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Evernote is moving its entire infrastructure from its own servers and networks to Google Cloud Platform, the company announced Tuesday. That amounts to migrating data for the note-taking company's more than 200 million customers.

"While the infrastructure we have now is perfectly suited to support Evernote as it runs today, it lacks the speed and flexibility we need for tomorrow," Evernote's vice president of operations Ben McCormack wrote in a blog post. "In reviewing our options, the benefits of adopting a modern cloud solution for our data quickly became clear."

The announcement builds on Evernote's existing relationship with Google, which began with the integration of Google Drive and Evernote.

Using Google Cloud Platform will bring "significant improvements in performance, security, efficiency, and scalability," McCormack said. "Moving to the cloud also allows us to focus time and resources on the things that matter most."

One of the specific benefits for Evernote, he noted, will be access to Google's deep-learning technologies that power services like translation, photo management, and voice search. "We look forward to taking advantage of these technologies to help you more easily connect your ideas, search for information in Evernote, and find the right note at the moment you need it," McCormack said.

Evernote also said security was a main concern when choosing a public cloud provider and that moving to the Google Cloud will add encryption at rest, a feature many users asked for. After the migration, Evernote said it will maintain its "three laws of data protection," which dictate that a user's data is theirs, that it is protected, and that it is portable.

Evernote is currently working with Google to finalize its architecture and plans to begin syncing data to new servers in early October. The migration should be complete by the end of the year.

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