Zynga Moves Workloads Back to Amazon

Social gaming company Zynga has made the decision to push its data back to Amazon cloud services after spending two years building out its own data centers. The company announced May 8 that to cut $100 million in spending, it would be closing those data centers and move workloads back to AWS servers.

In 2011, Zynga, creators of FarmVille and other popular titles, leased data center real estate from wholesale data center providers DuPont Fabros Technology and Digital Realty Trust, operating a Santa Clara data center and a Virginia data center. At the time, company leaders believed they could run their own data centers for cheaper than what Amazon charged for cloud solutions. However, due to the fickle nature of online gaming, Zynga didn't grow as anticipated and no longer has the capital to maintain the facilities.

"There's a lot of places that are not strategic for us to have scale and we think not appropriate, like running our own data centers," Zynga CEO Mark Pincus told investors on a recent conference call. "We're going to let Amazon do that."

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