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Amazon Web Services will start out the new year with an expanded cloud commitment from Comcast Cable to deploy new applications on AWS and move some older ones.

You probably know Comcast Cable better as Xfinity, the cable TV and internet service provider that everyone loves to hate. Comcast already uses AWS for cloud-based workloads across Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal, but is now expanding that relationship under the “preferred cloud provider” moniker, the companies plan to announce Tuesday.

According to a case study published in 2016, Comcast Cable has used AWS to speed up the pace at which it delivers both internal and customer-facing applications. It didn’t go into much detail about its plans for the new cloud capacity on AWS with this announcement, but it does seem that Comcast plans to continue to maintain at least a few of its own data centers as part of a hybrid cloud strategy, as well as a relationship with Microsoft Azure.

AWS isn’t all that far removed from re:Invent 2017, which saw a parade of new and expanded customers traipse through Las Vegas in late November, including the National Football League, Disney, Expedia, and Turner. Earnings season is set to kick off in a few weeks, which will give us a better picture of how the cloud vendors fared against each other in the fourth quarter and full year amid all these deals.

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