Ottawa-based Shopify provides websites and tools to help smaller merchants sell online and compete with retailers like Amazon. — Reuters picNEW YORK, March 27 — Google signed a deal with Shopify Inc to help host the e-commerce company’s online stores on the Alphabet Inc unit’s cloud service.
The deal brings a new, fast-growing customer into Google’s fold as cloud chief Diane Greene tries to catch Microsoft Corp and Amazon.com Inc in the lucrative business of internet-based computing.
It’s also another case of a retail-related company choosing Google over Amazon’s cloud. Companies including Home Depot Inc and Williams-Sonoma Inc have shunned Amazon Web Services in favour of Microsoft and Google because the e-commerce giant is a rival. In this case, Shopify will still use Amazon for some cloud infrastructure, but the majority will be run by Google.