Wells Fargo picks Microsoft, Google as cloud service providers

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A Wells Fargo logo is seen in New York City, U.S. January 10, 2017. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

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Sept 15 (Reuters) - Wells Fargo & Co (WFC.N) said on Wednesday that it had picked Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) and Alphabet Inc's (GOOGL.O) Google as its public cloud providers, embracing a multi-cloud approach.

While Microsoft's Azure will serve as the bank's primary cloud provider, Google Cloud will provide additional business-critical public cloud services.

As part of its new digital infrastructure strategy, the company will also move towards some third party-owned data centers, as it aims to rely predominantly on public cloud in the longer term, it said.

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The move makes Wells Fargo the latest big bank to use third-party data centers for cloud-related services.

The company did not disclose the financial details of its agreement with Microsoft and Google.

Multi-cloud enables flexibility and also allows businesses to off-load some of the heavy costs of running their own data centers by renting public ones.

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Reporting by Chavi Mehta in Bengaluru; Editing by Anil D'Silva

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