iCloud Fueled By Microsoft
This may come as a bit of a rude shock to all the Apple FanBoys out there. And I’m so bloody glad that it will.
Apple’s latest foray into the cloud-computing arena was much hyped about. iCloud made all the iFans go “Boo-Yeah!” because their beloved company FINALLY had something to compete with Google Music & Amazon Cloud Drive.
Apple’s iCloud may in all its entirety seem ‘cool’ but what goes on underneath and who powers this coolness is what makes all the difference.
iCloud is by no means an independent Apple foray. Packet dump reports indicate that iCloud uses Windows Azure and Amazon Cloud Services for storing the data uploaded into it.
PUT https://mssat000001.blob.core.windows.net:443/cnt/1234.5678 HTTP/1.1
HTTP/1.1 201 Created
Server: Windows-Azure-Blob/1.0 Microsoft-HTTPAPI/2.0
Though the packet dump reports show that Apple’s iCloud uses only Microsoft’s data-hosting services, there were several instances when the service contacted Amazon’s Cloud Drive.
This is not the first time that the two tech giants have worked together ‘for the greater good’. Exactly 14 years ago, Apple’s ‘cool’ Mac was on it’s deathbed and had pleaded Microsoft to resuscitate them. And not so long ago(2008), the iPhone’s Exchange system(or ‘app’ as Mr. Jobs would say it) was designed by Microsoft for the iPhone to appeal to the suits.
Whatever the history is, I’m sure glad that Microsoft is the one powering Apple’s iCloud and I’m indubitably going to be brandishing this fact in the face of some iFans i know.