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Jun 18 2012   1:06PM GMT

From FarmVille to VMville: Zynga ventures into IaaS?

Jessica Scarpati Jessica Scarpati Profile: Jessica Scarpati

Social gaming giant Zynga — best known for flooding your Facebook notifications with requests to harvest Aunt Susan’s Christmas-themed strawberries — may soon become the competition.

Although it doesn’t cite any sources inside the company or elsewhere, CloudTimes reports that Zynga is “on its way to becoming a serious competitor to Amazon’s robust Infrastructure as a Service, since the social network gaming giant will soon sell cloud IaaS to game makers in need of a hosting platform.”

If Zynga’s IaaS aspirations are true, then it was only a matter of time, wasn’t it? Zynga began pursuing a hybrid-cloud strategy last year when it launched its private cloud, zCloud. Why not capitalize off of any its excess capacity by renting out computing resources to other gaming companies? After all, that was how Amazon Web Services got its start. And given its acute focus on optimizing a platform for the rigors of online gaming, Zynga will be in an interesting position to tap into the online-gaming ecosystem.

No other media outlet has reported on this story, and we’re awaiting a response from Zynga’s press team to confirm the news. We’ll post any updates as we get them.

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