Unlike Many Startups And Big Tech Companies, Snapchat Is Powered By Google, Not Amazon

Evan Spiegel Snapchat Portrait Illustration

For a long time, Amazon’s cloud platform for developers — known as Amazon Web Services (AWS) — has been the first place developers look when making an app or service that needs to scale up to millions of users.

It’s got one of the most impressive client lists in the tech industry: Pinterest, Netflix, Reddit, Spotify, and Airbnb are just a few of the companies that run their code at Amazon’s data centers.

Snapchat, one of the hottest startups today, took different route when it built the technology that allows it to send its users over 400 million “snaps,” or picture and video messages, per day.

Rather than building its own server infrastructure or using Amazon’s popular service, Snapchat built its app on top of Google App Engine, a similar service from Google.

Back in May of last year, Snapchat CTO Bobby Murphy spoke to GigaOM’s Stacey Higginbotham about the company’s use of Google’s cloud platform.

At the time, Murphy said that he believed “Google is scaling out and willing to invest in this platform,” and that “when it comes — For more information read the original article here.    

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