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Is Apple iCloud Powered by Microsoft & Amazon Clouds?

Apple is reportedly using Microsoft’s Windows Azure and Amazon Web Services to power its iCloud data storage and streaming services.

According to The Register (opens in new tab), Microsoft and Amazon are bound by a non-disclosure agreement prohibiting them from revealing anything.

The report, which cited sources close to Microsoft, throws new light on the relationship between the three tech giants as they are staunch rivals in some key areas like smartphone, tablet devices and mobile apps. In fact Apple’s move to trademark the term ‘App Store’ as its own is being strongly opposed by both Microsoft and Amazon.

However, if Apple is using Microsoft and Amazon to power iCloud, which will debut with iOS 5, then what was the purpose behind building a massive billion dollar data centre in North Carolina? Apple’s Tim Cook had earlier said that the data centre will be used to power iCloud and iTunes, but this new report questions that claim.

Many believe that the massive data centre is a scare-tactic by Apple to intimiate its competitors and making them believe that something big is cooking over there.

A plausible explanation behind Apple’s move is that it does not have much experience in running a data centre, it is relying on Microsoft and Amazon to power its services for a while, till it gets a hang of it.

Ravi Mandalia

Ravi Mandalla was ITProPortal's Sub Editor (and a contributing writer) for two years from 2011. Based in Ahmedabad, India, Ravi is now the owner and founder of Parity Media Pvt. Ltd., a news and media company, which specializes in online publishing, technology news and analysis, reviews, web site traffic growth, web site UI. Ravi lists his specialist subjects as: Enterprise, IT, Technology, Gadgets, Business, High Net Worth Individuals, Online Publishing, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, News, Reviews, Audio, Video, and Multi-Media. He has also previously worked as Dy. Manager - IT Security at (n)Code Solutions.