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Google Cloud to Start Hosting Some Parts of YouTube Platform

David Paul


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Google’s move could convince other large firms that the cloud is a viable storage option and to grow its cloud-computing market share.

Tech firm Google has announced it intends to move some parts of video platform YouTube onto its Google Cloud systems.

YouTube is currently run on internal computer systems held at the tech firm’s data centres. However, Google said last week it wants to begin moving across to the cloud as it looks to expand further into the cloud-computing market.

Migration would also help the firm to become less reliant on advertisements within searches and on videos.

In an interview with CNBC, Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian said: “Part of evolving the cloud is having our own services use it more and more, and they are. Parts of YouTube are moving to Google Cloud.”

Speaking to the US broadcaster, Kurian was not clear on the timeframe of the move to the Google Cloud platform, the amount of YouTube’s data being migrated or what parts would be being transferred.

Google has historically used a hybrid storage system, allowing its data centres to coexist with its cloud platform, and so far has made little attempt to fully migrate its larger properties to its public cloud. Currently, smaller programmes like Waze, Google Workspace and DeepMind use Google cloud infrastructure.

And YouTube is certainly a big platform to start with. Google acquired YouTube in 2006 in a deal worth around $1.65 billion, and it is currently the second-largest website online. The platform boasts a huge number of viewers per month, with current estimates at more than 2 billion.

Google’s move to migrate large elements of its empire across to its cloud service now brings it more in line with competitors Amazon and Microsoft, who are both huge players in the cloud computing market.


The cloud is fast becoming a viable option for storage purposes, with other services like Amazon Web Services (AWS) being used by thousands of companies around the world. And the cloud can be massively valuable for firms, particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic when revenue at AWS grew by 32% to $13.5bn.

Google Cloud is now being recognised as a potentially important part of the fintech sector in Scotland, with the announcement in November 2020 that the service has been welcomed by FinTech Scotland into the country’s fintech cluster to help the growth of the country’s SME community.

In January, Edinburgh University became the first in Scotland to announce the migration of its core IT systems to the Oracle Cloud.

The three-phase implementation project was delivered with computer consultancy firm Inoapps, with the first stage of the university’s People and Money programme now live in the Oracle Cloud.

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David Paul

Staff Writer, DIGIT

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