Verizon has picked Amazon Web Services as its “preferred” cloud provider and plans to move some 1,000 applications and databases to the AWS cloud, according to a report from Data Center Knowledge. The most important part of the announcement is that Verizon is planning to use AWS’s Aurora database service, which competes directly with database software from Oracle. This shows that AWS is making headway in its efforts to lure Oracle’s database customers.
Meanwhile, it’s never been clear what “preferred” means in the cloud market. Salesforce in November 2016 announced it had chosen AWS as its preferred cloud provider, only to announce another preferred deal with Google Cloud the following November. The only thing that matters here is that Verizon – which launched an ill-fated bid to compete with AWS as a cloud provider several years ago – has now signed up as a customer of its former rival.