Apple is currently using the services of Microsoft and Amazon for the provision of the iCloud. Now, a new contract with Google to reduce dependence on these providers. Possibly, Apple will also be completely unsubscribe from the external partners.
Apple agrees with Google to provide cloud infrastructures for the Apple service iCloud. The contract should have a volume of 400 to 600 million dollars. Amazon Web Services is losing one of its largest retail customers.
According to a report from the channel magazine CRN , the contract is said to have been signed in 2015. The competitors agree that parts of the iCloud run on the Google Cloud platform. The migration of the various services should take about a year. The contract should have a volume of 400 to 600 million dollars. There is speculation that this is the annual cost. This would allow Google to double cloud revenue with a single customer, as Re / Code speculates .
Amazon Web Services Apple is said to have paid annually about one billion dollars for cloud services. Apple also maintains its own data centers and plans in the near future, more data centers to the network. So far, however, the provider has always relied on external service providers to provide their own services. In the past, Apple used for Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure as from a document on security in iOS and iCloud seen .
But even after the agreement with Google, AWS will probably remain a partner of Apple. For the cloud market leader, however, an important revenue item is likely to be lost. Apple can make this step but independent of Amazon.
According to Re / Code, Apple will work on the “McQueen” project to become independent of the three major cloud providers over the next few years. But it is still unclear whether and when the goals of this project will be achieved. But given the rumored amounts that Apple pays to external service providers, such a move could be economically rewarding for Apple in the medium term.
According to the industry service ” The Information ” but the contracts with Apple but leave virtually no margin for the provider and therefore AWS had lost by providing the service for Apple money. However, this contract brings Google higher sales and of course also means a prestige gain. This allows Google to further expand its market share. Recently, Google was able to win HTC, Coca Cola, Snapchat and Spotify as customers.
Amazon Web Services currently serves just over 30 percent of the global cloud market. Google’s share is about four percent. Microsoft and IBM occupy places two and three.