Love iCloud, Love Windows Azure?

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by TheSideshow, Jun 11, 2011.

  1. TheSideshow macrumors 6502

    Apr 21, 2011

    "We’ve received an interesting tip today from someone who set a WiFi proxy on their iPad to get a glimpse at the HTTP traffic which occurs when an image is sent through iMessage. Interestingly enough, it seems that iCloud somehow utilizes Amazon’s AWS cloud services as well as Microsoft Azure."

    "We ran the screenshots by three networking and cloud experts at major companies. All three said that the screenshots did not conclusively show how iCloud was utilizing the Amazon and Microsoft technologies, if at all."
  2. globalhemp macrumors regular

    Jan 2, 2006
    United States
  3. *LTD* macrumors G4


    Feb 5, 2009

    Is Apple really using Windows Azure to power iCloud?
    By Mary Jo Foley | June 14, 2011, 2:55pm PDT

    Over the past month, I received a couple of tips claiming that Apple was a Windows Azure customer.

    At first, I just dismissed the tips as nothing but a crazy rumor. Then I got more serious and started asking around, to no avail.

    But once Apple launched the beta of its iCloud iMessage service, the Infinite Apple site, along with a few other blogs, analyzed the traffic patterns and found that Apple appeared to be using both Azure and Amazon Web Services for hosting.

    “We don’t believe iCloud stores actual content. Rather, it simply manages links to uploaded content,” according to an updated June 13 Infinite Apple post.

    I asked Microsoft for comment and was told the company does not share the names of its customers. I asked Apple for comment and heard nothing back.

    I’ve heard some speculate that Apple may simply be using Azure’s Content Delivery Network (CDN) capability. The Azure CDN extends the storage piece of the Windows Azure cloud operating system, allowing developers to deliver high-bandwidth content more quickly and efficiently by placing delivery points closer to users.

    Based on Infinite Apple’s info, Apple seems to be using Azure’s BLOB (binary large object) storage, which is part of the Windows Azure core. However, the Windows Azure Content Delivery Network (CDN) is integrated directly with Azure’s storage services.

    Apple’s iCloud is still in beta, and Apple is just in the process of turning on its much-touted $500 million North Carolina data center. Apple’s datacenter, as my ZDNet colleague Larry Dignan noted, is running a combination of Mac OS X, IBM/AIX, Sun/Solaris, and Linux systems.

    Maybe Apple’s seeming reliance on Azure and AWS — in whatever capacity they’re actually being used — is temporary. It’s still interesting, though. (And probably something the Softies wish they could use in an official case study.)
  4. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

    Rodimus Prime

    Oct 9, 2006
    What is wrong with apple using amazon and ms for the cloud stuff. Apple does not exactly produce or design enterprise grade stuff any more. It is better business move to out source that stuff to companies that do it all the time. MS enterprise and data services like the cloud are really good. I would be shrouded in the least Apple using it and will for a long time
  5. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604


    May 28, 2005
    I posted this news back when iCloud was first announced, it wasn't "news" then, it's not "news" now. Apple makes consumer products, and if Final Cut X is any indication, they're more interested in consumer/prosumer stuff, and less enterprise/commercial. It only makes sense that they turn to companies that produce enterprise grade services.

Share This Page