Apple Inks Deal to Use Google Cloud Platform for Some iCloud Services

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple has signed a deal with Google that will see the Google Cloud Platform providing some of the cloud infrastructure for iCloud and other cloud-based Apple services, reports CRN (via Business Insider). Apple reportedly established a $400 to $600 million deal with Google last last year and has, as a result, "significantly" cut down on its reliance on Amazon Web Services (AWS).

    While the money Apple is now paying Google was previously spent on AWS, Apple has not stopped using Amazon's cloud computing services entirely. Apple has never confirmed the cloud services that power iCloud, but past rumors have pointed towards AWS and Microsoft Azure, suggesting Apple will continue using multiple services to meet its needs.

    According to The Information's Amir Efrati, who has confirmed Apple's plans, it will take a year for Apple to transition to using Google Cloud Platform.
    Since last year, Google has been aggressively pursuing deals for its Google Cloud Platform, led by former VMware CEO Diane Greene. Google and Amazon have been involved in ongoing pricing wars, but Google claims to be the "price/performance leader" in public cloud and says its Google Cloud Platform is between 15 and 41 percent less expensive than AWS.

    In the future, Apple may scale back on the money it spends on third-party cloud computing platforms, based on its data center plans. Apple is building new data centers in Ireland, Denmark, Reno, and Arizona, plus it is expanding its existing data center in Prineville, Oregon.

    In Arizona, Apple's data center will be located at the former GT Advanced sapphire plant and has been described as a "command center" for Apple's global data network. Apple says the Arizona location is "one of the largest investments" the company has made.

    Article Link: Apple Inks Deal to Use Google Cloud Platform for Some iCloud Services
  2. drumcat macrumors 6502


    Feb 28, 2008
    Otautahi, Aotearoa
    Well, it's not like they were going to run it on OSX Server. Even they know better.
  3. bushido Suspended


    Mar 26, 2008
  4. Z400Racer37 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 7, 2011
    I thought they had a whole bunch of server farms for this kind of thing? How many could they possibly need? Are these mostly in foreign countries?
  5. thefredelement macrumors 65816


    Apr 10, 2012
    New York
    Given Apple's view on privacy I hope they roll out their data centers sooner rather than later.
  6. thekeyring macrumors 68040

    Jan 5, 2012
    Isn't Google Cloud the software side of things and users can provide their own servers? In this case Apple has a huge number of sever farms.

    My guess could be wrong, of course.
  7. Rocketman, Mar 16, 2016
    Last edited: Mar 16, 2016

    Rocketman macrumors 603


    Considering the sapphire loss and the new capital expense of the server farm, the global management staff and the depreciation expense on the prior capital expense that was abandoned. I guess, yes. The building and land isn't that big.

    Apple rents everything in Cupertino and a bunch of stuff in Palo Alto and San Jose. I don't doubt they rent a significant portion of worldwide server time as well. They have data hog apps.

    They probably should buy a few things and stop paying rent.

  8. sw1tcher macrumors 65816


    Jan 6, 2004
    Will those haters stop using iCloud and other Apple services now?
  9. soupcan macrumors 6502a


    Nov 21, 2014
    You can never have enough data servers. You can only have a shortage. And yes, a lot of them are overseas, purely for the convenience (lower latency and faster access speeds) to the end user. You'll most likely have a couple of them per continent, however your data will never be stored overseas (so if you're an European person your data won't get uploaded to the US cloud, presumably).
  10. tentales macrumors 6502a


    Dec 6, 2010
    Hmm, those massive data centres in NC, Nevada & Oregon not enough ?
    In light of the current encryption debate and iCloud data security, not sure outsourcing to 3rd parties, especially Google will be perceived as a good strategy.
  11. Risco macrumors 68000


    Jul 22, 2010
    United Kingdom
    Next up - Apple signs deal with Google to access their map data.
  12. blackcrayon macrumors 68000

    Mar 10, 2003
    This could also go along with the upcoming encryption improvements to iCloud ;)
  13. lunarworks macrumors 6502a

    Jun 17, 2003
    Toronto, Canada
  14. mistasopz macrumors regular

    Apr 14, 2006
    This is a step in the right direction. I mean, at least now it stands to actually work when you need it. Now if only Apple would scrap Apple Maps for Google maps as a default app then we'd be on a roll.
  15. BigZ243 macrumors regular

    Aug 25, 2008
    I say this is a move to finally bring iMessage and its encryption to Android. Steve Jobs did originally say iMessage would be cross platform...
  16. Rocketman macrumors 603


    Echoes of Steve reverberate throughout the current encryption debate.
  17. Jakexb macrumors 6502a

    Mar 18, 2014
    I appreciate that Apple is writing their services in a way that they can be deployed to any data center, not just custom-built ones of their own. It greatly reduces the risk of any single center going off-line.
  18. apolloa macrumors G3


    Oct 21, 2008
    Time, because it rules EVERYTHING!
    Good, one thing Google can do is services but then so can Amazon, but you won't notice the difference using it all. Wish Apple would make using their services easier though, trying to share my photos is a nightmare!
  19. drumcat macrumors 6502


    Feb 28, 2008
    Otautahi, Aotearoa
    It is. I have it on my MBP...
  20. JustThinkin' macrumors 6502

    Oct 21, 2014
    Hence all these companies needed to side with Apple against the FBI, since Apple may be using their servers (although I suspect they'd ~agree with Apple's stance anyway).
  21. leepalisoc macrumors member

    Sep 18, 2012
    Here comes the people who think they're smarter than Apple.
  22. Michael Scrip macrumors 601

    Mar 4, 2011
    Wait... I thought that was FaceTime...
  23. autrefois macrumors 65816


    Oct 22, 2003
    Somewhere in the USA
    I'm not sure I trust having my data go to Google any more than I would to the FBI...What guarantees would we have that Google is respecting the privacy of the data on iCloud?

  24. UnfetteredMind macrumors 6502


    Jun 6, 2012
    So if the tweet is accurate, Google won the right to lose money on Apple's iCloud business away from Amazon? Or possibly they're efficient enough to actually make money on it.
  25. falainber macrumors 6502


    Mar 16, 2016
    Wild West

    Do you think Apple server farms are more secure than Google server farms? With Google, at least we know that they design their own servers for their farms (and they use their own versions of server software when appropriate). Apple is not known for designing/manufacturing any of those things.

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