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Uber S-1 Reveals Millions Paid For Google Maps, Its Multi-Cloud Bet

‘We do not believe that an alternative mapping solution exists that can provide the global functionality that we require to offer our platform in all of the markets in which we operate,’ Uber’s IPO prospectus states.

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Uber’s Multi-Cloud Strategy

Uber uses two cloud computing providers – AWS and Google Cloud -- unlike rival Lyft and image-sharing social media company Pinterest, both of which solely use AWS.

“These partnerships allow us to quickly and efficiently scale up our services to meet spikes in usage without upfront infrastructure costs, allowing us to maintain our focus on building great products,” its filing states.

Uber’s S-1 didn’t reveal the level of detail on its cloud deals that Lyft and Pinterest provided in their registration forms filed with the SEC last month. Lyft reported a commitment to spend at least $300 million on AWS services from 2019 through 2021, with a minimum of $80 million in each of the three years. Pinterest revealed a six-year deal with AWS requires it to spend at least $750 million on cloud infrastructure services from AWS through July 2023.

Uber disclosed it has commitments for network and cloud services, background checks and other items with varying expiration terms through 2020. Those amounts are determined based on the “non-cancelable quantities or termination amounts to which the company is contractually obligated.” 

 
 
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