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Google's CEO Sundar Pichai said the company's cloud unit reached $ 8 billion in annual revenue and plans to triple its sales force over the next few years.
Google's cloud is an important growth driver for Alphabet, Pichai said Thursday's second-quarter earnings.
The hiring effort comes when Google Cloud chief Thomas Kurian, who has led the business for seven months, is pursuing Amazon and Microsoft. Kurian promised earlier this year aggressively to increase the sales team.
Amazon Web Services, the leader in cloud infrastructure, reported Thursday's 37% growth to $ 8.38 billion, making it about four times the size of Google's business.
The Microsoft, No. 2 player, said last week that Azure grew 64%. Jay Vleeschhouwer from Griffin Securities, in a note last week, estimated that Microsoft raised $ 4.1
On Tuesday, Alphabet said the "other" revenue, which includes cloud, came to $ 6.18 billion compared to $ 4.43 billion the year before. Kurian, who has been accused of growing business, has already made a few acquisitions, including the Looker analysis company.
Cloud increased Alfabetes total earnings in the second quarter, according to finance director Ruth Porat. Alphabet shares rose more than 9% on Thursday after the company reported $ 38.94 billion in revenue, peaking at $ 38.15 billion.
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