It was just a week ago when Apple released its iCloud services at the Worldwide Developers Conference 2011 at Moscone Center and we already have some shocking news about it.
With iCloud Beta already available to users and developers, there is a lot of research going on by tech experts on this new service by Apple. During all this research and exploring, our friends at Redmond Pie hinted us that Apple’s newly launched iCloud service uses Microsoft’s Windows Azure for hosting its own services. To give support to the above statement, they have also given a packet dump.
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
The guys at infinite Apple were the first ones to find out that the iCloud does not store any data itself, rather it just manages links to the uploaded data.
Its not the first time that these two tech giants have worked together. Recently in 2008 Apple and Microsoft worked together to bring Exchange to the iPhone, owing to popular executive demands. That was a life changer for Apple.
I believe that by outsourcing hosting services Apple is doing the right thing. Apple does not have much experience in hosting data (as big as iCloud would have) and by outsourcing the hosting part Apple can concentrate to work on its iCloud services and make their devices better.
On the other hand, Microsoft would also be delighted to power such a huge Apple product keeping in mind they are going through a rough patch at the moment with their handheld devices and tablets. Their PC market share is also dropping consistently.
So, in short, both companies seem to have their share of benefit which is why i think they went ahead with the deal.
P.S. We must not forget the iCloud service is still in beta so this hosting on Azure thing can still change in future.
Via Technorati Technology