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Apple has signed a deal with Google to use the search giant’s Cloud Platform for some of its iCloud services, reports CRN. The site says that the two firms inked the deal late last year, and it’s believed to be worth somewhere between $400-$600 million.

This is a major coup for Google’s enterprise cloud business, and its newly appointed chief Diane Greene. Although Apple has not publicly discussed its cloud backends, it’s been reported that the iPhone maker spends $1 billion per year on Amazon’s AWS.

Reports of Apple using AWS and Microsoft Azure to run parts of its cloud services date back to 2011, although neither AWS nor Microsoft has ever confirmed that Apple is a customer. But in an Apple iOS Security white paper published in 2014, Apple acknowledged that encrypted portions of some iOS files are stored in Amazon S3 and Microsoft Azure.

While it might seem odd for Apple to give business to a cloud service run by a bitter rival in the mobile device market, such arrangements aren’t uncommon in a public cloud market that’s seeing intense pricing pressure, particularly in compute and storage services. 

It’s believed that Apple is planning to further reduce its dependence on AWS and other cloud services by moving more computing to its own data centers. The company is currently spending billions to build new data centers in Arizona, Ireland and Denmark.

Source: CRN

  • Proaxel

    Does this mean anything for us ordinary people?

    • AlphaPoppy

      It better not mane I don’t want Google snooping around my sht

    • Hopefully less downtime, more reliability. Say what you will about Apple and Google but when it comes to cloud services Google is definitely the better company.

  • Rodney Coleman

    Stupid Apple… Steve would be pissed.

  • Benedict

    Means Google has all my data and sells it! 😉

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    • Lee

      Encrypted. But who knows… 😉

      • Jackson Grong

        Nope… They can access it if they want.

  • Max Payne

    Amazing. Mr Cook lambasts Google publicly over privacy, in turn gives them Apple cloud customers on a platter. Fox Mulder was right, trust no one.

  • Techsticles

    When are they going to stop taking 99¢ a month from us and just give users a reasonable amount of space to backup our phones.

    • Rowan09

      You’re complaining about $12/year? Come on man that’s just crazy.

      • 9to5Slavery

        Would want better flexible plans or a no cap one.

      • Rowan09

        And charge how much?

      • chemi

        i would pay $1/m if it gave me at-least 100gb. and $10/m for unlimited all you can eat buffet of iCloud’s super duper slow cloud storage.

      • Rowan09

        Wow that’s asking for a huge discount. I don’t even see any reason Apple would or any company you would own make this move.

      • 9to5Slavery

        I wouldn’t mind 99$ a year if it can compete with box or dropbox

    • Techsticles

      $12 a year is better than being reminded every month that most people are paying 99¢ because Apple only gives 5GB to back up 32GB, 64GB, 128GB devices.

      At the very least, it’s about time Apple gave 5GB per device and not 5GB per iCloud account.

      I’m surprised Apple isn’t charging for the annual iOS updates. I’d pay $20 for that but feel like I’m getting ripped off at 99¢ a month for nothing.