Apple pays Amazon more than $ 30 million a month for cloud infrastructure

Apple pays Amazon more than $ 30 million a month for cloud infrastructure

Now and then, we talk here about the huge and technological data centers around the world – all powered by renewable energy and responsible for putting services like iCloud, App Store, Apple Pay, Apple Music and much more. What few people know is that, even with all this apparatus, the Cupertino giant still needs an external hand – which, by the way, is not cheap at all.

THE CNBC today published a story about this “little help” and revealing an important number: according to sources heard by the vehicle, Apple has a “many years” contract in which it pays more than $ 360 million per year Amazon for its cloud structure, better known as Amazon Web Services – which represents more than $ 30 million monthly deposited in the account of one of its competitors.

The payment means that Apple is one of Amazon’s most important customers: Apple spends more on the retailer’s cloud services than companies like Lyft and Pinterest – whose services depend on totally from AWS. And the figures are rising: the $ 30 million a month spent in the first quarter of 2019 represents a 10% jump from the same period last year.

This does not mean, however, that the Cupertino giant maintains exclusive business with the retailer: according to the report, Tim Cook and his gang also resort to the services of the Google to maintain your service infrastructure. In the past, Microsoft also supported Apple.

Despite this, the trend is that, over time, Apple will become less dependent on its competitors: with billionaire investments in new data centers around the world (and even considering some boulders in the middle), the company will soon be able to rely more confidently on its own infrastructure. After all, it is not easy to build a server network that powers more than a billion devices around the world.

For now, the old game continues: old competitors collaborating in areas where they do not compete and fighting hard in the segments in which they compete for the market. It’s the rules of the market, isn’t it?

via MacRumors