Comcast expands partnership with Amazon Web Services for cloud provision

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Comcast has invested amply in recent years to become a company that develops its own technology. (Image: Amazon)

Comcast has expanded its relationship with Amazon Web Services (AWS), naming the vendor its preferred cloud provider. 

As Comcast noted in its press release today, its cable division is now focused on cloud services, including the X1 Voice Remote technology that now extends past the pay TV system and is being used as the controller for Comcast’s xFi Wi-Fi management tools, as well as its home automation offerings. 

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Comcast has invested amply in recent years in its ability to develop its own technology. However, trying to match the scale that Amazon has amassed in the area of cloud services is probably too much Silicon Valley cosplay for even Comcast at this point.

Companies using its cloud include Amazon Video, AOL, BBC, Channel 4, C-SPAN, Daily Voice, Discovery Communications, Flipboard, GoPro, Guardian News & Media, Hearst Corporation, Hulu, Lionsgate, NDTV, Netflix, News International, News UK, Newsweek, PBS, Simfy Africa, Sony DADC, SoundCloud, Spotify, Time Inc., Turner Networks and United Daily News.

“We have deepened our strategic relationship with AWS, making the industry’s leading cloud our preferred public cloud provider,” said Jan Hofmeyr, chief network and operations officer and senior VP at Comcast Cable, in a statement. “Over the years, we have leveraged the breadth and depth of AWS’s services, including compute, storage, and analytics. In that process, we’ve found AWS to be extremely customer focused.”

“For industry leaders like Comcast Cable, the quest to anticipate and exceed consumers’ media and entertainment needs is never ending,” added Mike Clayville, VP of worldwide commercial sales at AWS. “Comcast Cable’s goal has always been to stay a step ahead of the competition. In order to do that, they wanted solutions that were agile, flexible and ready for what’s next. Together, AWS and Comcast Cable collaborated to enable them to confidently move core business workloads, build new applications with ease, and gain the agility they required by using AWS.”

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