Google has over 8 million terabytes of iCloud data on its servers, report claims
Apple is reportedly storing 8 million terabytes of iCloud customer data on third-party servers owned by Google, according to a report from The Information.
In an article published on Tuesday citing a person with direct knowledge of the matter, reporters Amir Efrati and Kevin McLaughlin claim that Apple’s spending on Google’s storage services is on track to double this year, with Apple continuing to rely heavily on Google to keep up with the strong customer demand for its iCloud services.
The report claims Apple is Google Cloud’s biggest client, with Google codenaming Apple “Bigfoot” due to the large quantities of data stored by the company across Google’s servers, which has cost Apple around $300 million this year alone to store.
Despite relying heavily on third-party storage services, Apple themselves own several data centres that serve users of iMessage, Siri, the App Store and other Apple services. With external cloud providers, all servers are encrypted using keys owned exclusively by Apple, so that private data is only accessible by the user, making it fairly irrelevant from a customer’s point of view which server stores their data.
Alongside Google, Apple also relies on Amazon Web Services for cloud storage.