Google Cloud Platform to reportedly power portion of Apple's iCloud services

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Apple has reportedly struck a deal to move a portion of its iCloud infrastructure to Google Cloud Platform. According to CRN, the deal, which was reportedly inked in late 2015, is worth quite a hefty sum:

According to the sources, Google executives have told partners that Apple is spending between $400 million and $600 million on Google Cloud Platform, although this couldn't be independently confirmed. Also unclear is whether this range refers to an annual spending rate or a set amount of capacity.

As noted by the report, Apple's deal with Google would signal a partial shift away from Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure. Apple is also investing in a number of new data centers in the Ireland, Denmark and the U.S., sparking speculation that the company may move to cut reliance on third party cloud platforms in the future.

In any case, if reports are true, snagging Apple as a customer would be a second big win for Google's cloud efforts after it was announced Google Cloud Platform will soon power Spotify's back end as well.

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27 Comments
  • Google fanboy comments dropping in 3, 2, 1, and go! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Google fangirl here and I gotta say this is great news. More money coming into Google means more funds to spend on the Google apps and services I use.
  • You really think Google will use the funds to improve their apps and services? More likely, they'll just add it to the cash reserve.
  • I doubt any Google fanboy would argue over this. More likely Apple fanboys would Posted via the Android Central App on my Frost Nexus 6P
  • Ever visited BGR? There are some real idiots over there.
  • Sounds like you are visiting us from iMore Posted via my glorious Nexus 6P
  • As we say when I'm from.. Ah ben Tabarnak! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Klingon? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Lmao
  • *Qo'noS, and I believe that's French Canadian... Posted via the Android Central App
  • Ben sure, calisse! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Awesome. Apple is traditionally weak on the whole server back end bit. If this lets them focus on what they're best at, it's a win for Google and Apple both.
  • I'd think for the $500 million they are going to pay Google, that would buy them one hell of a server farm, even building it from scratch
  • Hahahahahahahahaha. Such irony of Apple to tie themselves further to Google further. Google just got free money. Lol.
    Posted via the Android Central App
  • Apple brags about how much more they care than Google and then not long after, the court paper leaks showing they took a billion from that bad company to give them default search engine place.
    Now, they are moving their clients sensitive data into the [to put it lightly] "negligible" hands.
    Can't wait to hear Tim's new talking points.
    Though, wouldn't trust much any of the 2. VZW Moto X DE/N7
  • I can only say that - this is the testament of what google has been building. Good job Google!
  • Glad both working together, playing fair finally lol Posted via the Android Central App
  • Apple needs to make their apps available on Android now and all will be perfect.
    iCloud app, iMessage etc I would never need to buy another iPhone again.
  • And that's exactly why they will never do it. Otherwise you'll never need to buy an iPhone again! :P Blackberry Priv
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  • Wrong. People desire to buy iPhones to look cool and fit in. Buying Android isnt considered cool and rather considered downgrading, even if Apple puts all their apps on there. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I don't think that's the only reason they buy iPhones... I've talked to iPhone owners and they simply believe they're better than Android, however misguided we think they are. It's subjective. As for buying them to look cool, no one ever says "hey, that's a cool/awesome phone!" to someone with an iPhone. I can tell you now, I've had a couple of people approach me and say how cool my Priv is, and I've only had it for less than 2 months. Same sort of story when I had an Xperia PLAY. Sure I was in highschool at the time, but that was a real head turner and conversation starter. Blackberry Priv
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  • I don't see how this is a bad thing. Google has the server capacity and the infrastructure. It's a win-win in my books.
  • "a portion" This smells like that Spotify article where "a portion" of infrastructure moving to Google, whilst the majority stayed in AWS was reported like Google had won the World Cup. Google are 100% playing catch-up with Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and in many use cases IBM's Softlayer in terms of functionality/services. A win is a win...but Google's platform is proving much less popular in the wide open business world than particularly the first two I mentioned and Google remain relative small fry. Two articles on here does not mask much stronger growth for the other players. Posted via the Android Central App
  • If that is the case then why is apple doing this ? Not saying Google is the best but they must be doing something right if apple is gonna a part of Google cloud ? Or am I totally miss understanding it all ? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Money. Google have been aggressive pursuing deals and have been offering great prices in order to attract and land deals. I am sure they made Apple a deal they could not refuse. The original article even said Apple will eventually bring it in house in the future in order to cut down their costs. This answer your questions right there, it's a win-win for both companies. Google can boast they land an Apple account to attract others, while Apple can save a few bucks. Money is usually the answer to most questions whenever business deals are involved.
  • Apple will build their own and it will be horrible like all the other services they try.
  • Well, I had a blackberry because it made me look like a businessman LMAO Posted via the Android Central App