Apple to Team up with Chinese Server Supplier for Rumored iCloud Switch

Apple has reportedly started buying servers from a government-backed Chinese firm, called Inspur, to use in its data centers, Taiwanese publication DigiTimes reported this morning. Apple’s never confirmed nor denied industry speculation that much of its iCloud data centers run on Amazon’s Web Services and Microsoft’s Azure platforms.

Reports in mid-March revealed that Apple was moving some of its iCloud services away from Amazon Web Services to Google’s Cloud Platform. However, it’s thought the move was a temporary stepping stone as Apple makes plans to bring all iCloud services in-house.

“Since Inspur is supported by the China government, many IT players including Microsoft, LG Electronics, Ericsson, Intel, IBM, SAP, VMware, Nvidia and RedHat have formed partnerships with the China-based server vendor, looking to quickly expand in China’s server market,” reads the article.

Inspur, which has a research and development center and a production facility in California, holds a sixty percent share in China’s Internet service server market.

Baidu, Chinese leading web services company, buys more than 85 percent of its servers from Inspur, while Alibaba’s data centers are comprised of approximately 60 percent of Inspur-made machines.

According to the rumor, Apple has reasons to believe that the third-party servers which power iCloud services may have been intercepted during shipping and that unknown third-parties may have added additional chips and firmware to them “in order to make them vulnerable to infiltration”.


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