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Wal-Mart to Vendors: Get Off Amazon Cloud

On the heels of Amazon’s announcmicroement last week that it planned to acquire grocer Whole Foods Market, retail giant Wal-Mart revealed it has been asking some of its vendors, developers and other tech partners to no longer host applications on AWS, the Wall Street Journal reported.The big-box retailer is reportedly warning some tech companies that if they want Wal-Mart’s business, they can’t run applications on Amazon’s cloud platform, Amazon Web Services (AWS), a handful of tech companies have told The Wall Street Journal.The Amazon Web Services (Or AWS) has been the lead of the market industry because of how accessible it has become for users to store their data.Wal-Mart didn’t confirm or deny the report, but instead issued the following, rather vague statement to the press: “Our vendors have the choice of using any cloud provider that meets their needs and their customers’ needs”, Wal-Mart said.”We’ve heard that Walmart continues to try to bully their suppliers into not using AWS because they have an incorrect view that AWS is somehow supporting Amazon’s retail business”, said a spokesman.”It shouldn’t be a big surprise that there are cases in which we’d prefer our most sensitive data isn’t sitting on a competitor’s platform”, he told the Journal, adding it’s a “small number”.Developers, even ones who are subcontracted out by Walmart vendors, tell the WSJ that they were told to build their projects specifically for Azure or not get the Walmart business.While Walmart’s efforts may not stunt the growth of AWS, they are certainly helping their competitors.Also well documented is Wal-Mart’s close and growing ties to Azure cloud.Following news last week of an Amazon-Whole Foods buy, Wal-Mart’s stock sank more than 7 percent.”People jump through hoops to do business with Wal-Mart all the time”, said Robert Hetu, an analyst with the research firm Gartner Inc. The service is the only one Lofty Labs ever developed to work on Azure.Wal-Mart doesn’t appear to be alone in this push to leave AWS, either.