Mac360: “In recent years Apple has used Microsoftâ€™s Azure cloud infrastructure and Amazonsâ€™s Web Services, as well as itâ€™s own data centers, as a mashup melange which together makes up iCloud and other cloud services. Thatâ€™s right. Appleâ€™s iCloud and cloud services come from Microsoft and Amazon. And soon Googleâ€™s Cloud.”
I find this fascinating. You’d think Apple would have their own services, hosted on their own hardware, in their own facilities. Read the article and, like me, you’ll discover they just didn’t have the bandwidth to standup a facility the size of Azure or AWS or Google just to serve their customers. Wow, that is amazing growth.
I would really love to see a report outlining all the technologies Apple uses to serve iCloud customers. Everything from service providers to hardware to software stacks and how massive each of those really is. It has to be mind boggling. Makes me wonder if any one person at Apple knows the answer for all the services, top to bottom?