Apple iCloud could soon be powered by the Google Cloud Platform because of a deal penned by Apple and Alphabet Inc. to provide cloud services. That’s the rumor anyway. Apple and Google have had an interesting professional relationship over the years, for as much as they’re mortal enemies, they can’t help but work together. The tech giants share common customers and working hand in hand on occasion is probably always going to be in the cards. The move to using the Google Cloud platform means Apple’s use of Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure will lessen and supposedly save Apple some money in the process.
Apple is reportedly paying Google between $400 million and $600 million for the deal. While Apple is not dropping Amazon entirely, they are presumably cutting back their dependence in order to save costs.
According to Amir Efrati of The Information, it will take a year for iCloud to be fully running on the Google Cloud Platform and it is unlikely to be very profitable for Google, as it was not for Amazon. However, it is a symbolic victory that shows Google is making headway into the enterprise cloud business.
This deal (if true) is a win for Google in a couple of ways, as 9to5 Google already says, it’s an inroad into the enterprise cloud business for them and it’s leveraging the user base of a major mobile competitor. While Android and iOS do battle for users, Google is not only winning by gaining a larger Android user base through mobile device sales but they’re also winning by servicing the iOS user base with their services. Love them or hate them, it’s clear Alphabet Inc. knows how to do business and it’s very possible Apple iCloud could be one of its major customers.
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