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Apple Stores iCloud Data With Google (crn.com) 49

An anonymous reader writes: Alphabet's Google has quietly scored a major coup in its campaign to become an enterprise cloud computing powerhouse, landing Apple as a customer for the Google Cloud Platform, multiple sources with knowledge of the matter told CRN this week. Previously, Apple had acknowledge using Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure's rival cloud computing platforms in addition to its own data centers. None of the services would have access to iCloud users' records. "The iCloud information is not at risk of being breached or otherwise observed by the ultimate owners of the platforms it resides on because of the very heavy encryption and partitioning technologies used," commended Chris Green, a tech expert at the consultancy Lewis. CRN has mentioned the agreement between the two companies was done late last year.
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Apple Stores iCloud Data With Google

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  • Apple does not have server hardware unless they make so they have a mac osx build that will install on real hardware or in a VM running on non apple hardware. With out needing any workarounds or hacks.

    • I like OS X as a desktop operating system... but I've never seen the point of having it on a server, even when Apple sold them.

      It's Unix, and who wants a GUI on a Unix server? And without the GUI, why bother with OS X? Heck, for system stuff I'm using the command line more and more even on my Mac laptop.

      • I like OS X as a desktop operating system... but I've never seen the point of having it on a server, even when Apple sold them.

        It's Unix, and who wants a GUI on a Unix server? And without the GUI, why bother with OS X? Heck, for system stuff I'm using the command line more and more even on my Mac laptop.

        I love my (virtualized) Linux servers to death, but on the desktop -- yeah it's OS X for me. And it has a very, very decent commandline.

        Nowadays, I can just install a Mac and run a giant script that first sets all preferences (with "defaults write com.apple.blahblah"), and then another smaller script that installs all open source software with "brew install" and most commercial stuff with "brew cask install". Love it.

  • "The iCloud information is not at risk of being breached or otherwise observed by the ultimate owners of the platforms it resides on because of the very heavy encryption and partitioning technologies used,"

    While I have no doubt it is possible to do this, is it really secure?

    • "The iCloud information is not at risk of being breached or otherwise observed by the ultimate owners of the platforms it resides on because of the very heavy encryption and partitioning technologies used,"

      While I have no doubt it is possible to do this, is it really secure?

      Assuming Apple doesn't make any newbie mistakes, it's as secure as the keys used to encrypt it.

    • by AHuxley ( 892839 )
      As secure as domestic data collection was with any one of the many brands that helped with PRISM.
      With two helper brands for domestic collection, the links back to the US gov will be even more secure and NSL friendly.
  • by denbesten ( 63853 ) on Thursday March 17, 2016 @06:56PM (#51719093)

    It appears that Apple is adapting iCloud so that it can use any of the "storage as a service" providers. My guess is that they are on a quest to "partner" with anyone and everyone that rents space on hard drives.

    In addition to being able to scale up and down rapidly, it also improves their ability to rapidly abandon any providers that don't play the game according to Apple's whims.

  • Apple and Google are usually busy competing with each other over smartphone market share, so it seems a bit odd that one of the systems Apple's devices depend on is now hosted by Google, right? Especially when Apple spends so much time suing Google's smartphone partners.
  • They've tried other tactics to try to get their old boss to turn in his grave, such as bigger iPad and the iPen (Jobs said no stylus... remember?). He also famously said he was going to sue Android into oblivion.... Now they're giving Google money?

    Isn't there some prophecy in the iBible about three strikes against St. Jobs and he shall rise again and smite the nonbelievers?

Doubt isn't the opposite of faith; it is an element of faith. - Paul Tillich, German theologian and historian

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