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Walmart Amps Up Cloud Capabilities, Reducing Reliance on Tech Giants


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Walmart has been strategic about how it tries to stay independent from cloud giants.

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Retailer Walmart said it has deployed a system for transitioning between cloud providers and its own servers, saving millions of dollars and offering other companies a means of becoming less reliant on technology behemoths. The hybrid cloud taps third-party platforms from Microsoft and Google, and an internal server network implemented in Walmart outlets nationwide.

The company said it has 10,000 edge nodes deployed throughout the U.S., while custom software allows the operation of back-end functions across any cloud system. Walmart also said the system has saved it up to 18% in annual cloud spending, has reduced cloud outages, and has boosted the speed in which particular applications can be accessed.

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