GoDaddy to move 75 million domains’ infrastructure to AWS
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GoDaddy to move 75 million domains’ infrastructure to AWS

In what could be a huge move for the domain hosting and cloud computing industries, GoDaddy will migrate “the majority” of its infrastructure to Amazon Web Services in a multi-year deal that will see the two companies partner on some products and services.

Dan Race, GoDaddy’s vice president of communications, confirmed that the deal would not include the actual management of domains, but would include domain infrastructure. He said: “GoDaddy is not migrating the domains it manages to AWS. GoDaddy will continue to manage all customer domains. Domain management is obviously a core business for GoDaddy.”

GoDaddy and Amazon have had an incredible 12 months

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This is a coup for Amazon, which will start selling some GoDaddy products like Managed Wordpress and GoCentral. It also highlights just how powerful the Ecommerce titan has become in the cloud computing world. It is largely economies of scale that Amazon and the other big players can leverage which drove GoDaddy to pull the plug on its own AWS-style service last summer.

Charles Beadnall, GoDaddy’s chief technology officer, released a lengthy statement, in which he made the following observations: “As a technology provider with more than 17 million customers, it was very important for GoDaddy to select a cloud provider with deep experience in delivering a highly reliable global infrastructure, as well as an unmatched track record of technology innovation, to support our rapidly expanding business.”

“AWS provides a superior global footprint and set of cloud capabilities which is why we selected them to meet our needs today and into the future. By operating on AWS, we’ll be able to innovate at the speed and scale we need to deliver powerful new tools that will help our customers run their own ventures and be successful online.”

It’s quite possible that this move will alter the landscape of the popular internet significantly. Mike Clayville, vice president of commercial sales at AWS, added his thoughts to the matter in a statement from the company:

“As a large, high-growth business, GoDaddy will be able to leverage AWS to innovate for its customers around the world. Our industry-leading services will enable GoDaddy to leverage emerging technologies like machine learning, quickly test ideas, and deliver new tools and solutions to their customers with greater frequency. We look forward to collaborating with GoDaddy as they build anew in the cloud and innovate new solutions to help people turn their ideas into reality online.”

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Dominion holds both Amazon and GoDaddy in its Global Trends Ecommerce Fund.


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