Hell freezes over as Apple confirms it's using Google servers to host iCloud data

Hell freezes over as Apple confirms it's using Google servers to host iCloud data
Apple has acknowledged that it is using rival Google's server solutions to host iCloud data, CNBC reported a few hours ago. The evidence for this notion can be tracked all the way back to one of the latest iOS security documents which is available for just about anyone to read on Apple's site. The document now clearly states that Apple is storing encrypted chunks of user data that reportedly have no tidbits of information that could be traced back to individual iCloud users.

Here's what the excerpt in questions states:


In the past, Apple has relied on Amazon's Web Services and Microsoft Azure have been used for the task. However, the recent confirmation that Cupertinians are using Google's servers is actually a first, though this has been suspected by industry insiders since late 2016. The reason for that has been an unprecedented spike of usage for Google's cloud services, which benefited the company by closing the gap with its biggest rivals in the cloud business, the aforementioned Amazon and Microsoft.

So far, there's no indication that Apple is using Google for any other computational work and there's no reason to believe that. Yet, a precedent is settled - previously fierce rivals on more than one market, Apple and Google are seemingly willing to do business with one another on at least one venue.

source: Apple via CNBC

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27 Comments

1. therealestmc

Posts: 679; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

All the company executives are sitting in one room and laughing at the rest of us arguing about which Gadget is better while they making s**t ton of money.

3. bucky

Posts: 3774; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

this.

2. bucky

Posts: 3774; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

well obviously. there is only 3 big options to use. Amazon, Google and MS i believe.

5. Medoogalaxy

Posts: 232; Member since: May 25, 2017

Because Google the best the largest search engine the best compagnies : Hardware= Samsung Software= google/Microsoft Apple= logo and marketing lol

7. Trex95

Posts: 2364; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Software google / Microsoft Lol.

9. CandyBar

Posts: 43; Member since: Dec 08, 2017

Hat's off to Apple for iOS - the smoothest, most efficient and stable mobile platform. Sorry, Google / Microsoft don't come close. lol.....

15. iushnt

Posts: 3069; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

If you haven’t noticed, Android is equally stable and efficient.

17. Podrick

Posts: 1284; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

iOS and most stable. Lol

18. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1525; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

It isn't 2012 anymore. IOS has degraded and Android had improved significantly over the years.

27. puggsly

Posts: 13; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

Ya, no hardware or software innovation at Apple.... I just really like the look of an Apple with a bite out of it. You are so smart, because your mommy probably tells you so.

8. kryme

Posts: 468; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

Are we to believe that google can’t see these information and use it to push ads?

14. rouyal

Posts: 1573; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Don’t know what encryption is?

16. iushnt

Posts: 3069; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Google can’t see these data..

20. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1312; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

This is not a "free" Google service where the cost is your info. Google is being paid by Apple to store the data only and not look at it.

22. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

If you read the article, Apple made sure they can't. Apart from that, Apple pays Google enough money and have conditions in place Google won't do this.

12. cjreyes666

Posts: 81; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Business as usual people, lets move along.

13. rouyal

Posts: 1573; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

I don’t care where iCloud data is stored, I care more that it’s a measly 5gb. I use google drive instead.

19. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1525; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

^This. It's been 5Gb for years, fills up almost immediately, then the user gets a persistent pop up that storage is full which encourages them to buy more.

21. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1312; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

Yep. I have about 17GB "free" storage from Google drive and also 50GB+ in 4K videos and pics from my pixel that don't count against my storage cap.

24. lyndon420

Posts: 6589; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Oh the irony eh?

23. gamehead unregistered

So Google wins?

29. lyndon420

Posts: 6589; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Hmm...not really. But apple obviously lost a little bit of clout from people for it to warrant an article to be written on it. Honestly I'm surprised because I assumed apple had their own data centers etc (they are the richest company in the galaxy after all).

25. wesley.

Posts: 208; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I don't care, as long as we get some more celebrity photo leaks...

28. SIGPRO

Posts: 2813; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Hahaha apple keeps failing, they are really the cockroaches of this world!

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