​Spotify to move to Google Cloud

Spotify said its experience with Google's data platform and tools convinced the company to switch its so-called 'traditional' infrastructure to Google Cloud.
Written by Aimee Chanthadavong, Contributor

Spotify has announced that in the coming months it will be moving its infrastructure to Google Cloud.

In a blog post, Nicholas Harteau, Spotify Engineering and Infrastructure vice president, wrote the company's experience with Google's data platform and tools swayed the company to make the switch.

"Good infrastructure isn't just about keeping things up and running, it's about making all of our teams more efficient and more effective, and Google's data stack does that for us in spades," he said.

"Google has long been a thought-leader in this space, and this shows in the sophistication and quality of its data offerings. From traditional batch processing with Dataproc, to rock-solid event delivery with Pub/Sub to the nearly magical abilities of BigQuery, building on Google's data infrastructure provides us with a significant advantage where it matters the most."

Spotify said the move to Google Cloud follows on from its history of taking a "traditional approach" to managing its infrastructure by "buying or leasing datacentre space, server hardware, and networking gear as close to our customers as possible".

Despite the infrastructure move, Spotify's content-delivery service including storage of its music files will remain on Amazon Web Services.

As part of the new partnership, Google said for storage, Spotify will implement Google Cloud Datastore and Google Cloud Bigtable, and will also deploy Google's cloud networking services, such as Direct Peering, Cloud VPN, and Cloud Router.

On the data side of things, Spotify will be adopting an entirely new technology stack, Google said, highlighting that it will include moving from Hadoop, MapReduce, Hive, and a series of "home-grown" dashboarding tools, as well as adopting data processing tools including Google Cloud Pub/Sub, Google Cloud Dataflow, Google BigQuery, and Google Cloud Dataproc.

"What makes us most excited to work with Spotify is their company-wide focus on forward-looking user experiences. Now that they've begun using Google Cloud Platform, we can't wait to see what Spotify builds next," Google wrote in its blog post.

Updated 11.15am AEST 25 February, 2016: The story was corrected to clarify Spotify will be moving infrastructure that it hosted internally to Google Cloud, and will not be moving any of its services from Amazon Web Services to Google, as initially reported.

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