Inside Apple’s Cloud Infrastructure Troubles

Apple’s move to tap Google to handle parts of its iCloud traffic is a sign that the Cupertino company has failed to build its own cloud infrastructure despite years of work, say people with knowledge of the situation. The company is still years away from being able to completely leave its existing cloud vendors, which also include Amazon Web Services and Microsoft, according to people with direct knowledge of Apple’s effort.

“The fact that Apple now has gone back and signed a deal with Google basically says they don’t have as much faith in doing this internally as they thought they did,” one of these people says.

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Running its own cloud infrastructure also would give Apple another tool to woo developers, who are being constantly courted by rivals Google, Microsoft and Amazon. One topic that has been discussed within Apple is the possibility of offering developers cloud infrastructure to sit underneath apps developed for Apple’s ecosystem. But any such effort would require Apple to build a cloud that rivals those offered by Amazon or Microsoft, the current market leaders. And that day remains years away at best.

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Apple’s decision to hire Google as an additional cloud vendor underscores the reality that Apple still doesn’t have enough storage capacity on its own infrastructure to handle its needs.