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Apple’s iCloud Service Uses Microsoft Azure For Hosting Content?

If you have been paying attention to last week's WWDC, then you will know that Apple had already unveiled their answer to the cloud computing industry, the iCloud. Apple is looking to revolutionize cloud storage and it is as well as their next big step in improving their online services. But it seems that Apple won't hesitate to utilize the expertise of their competitors in order to ensure the success of the iCloud service.

Apple iCloud
The folks at InfiniteApple have found out that the iCloud service actually had some help from third-party services, in this case it is Windows Azure and Amazon Cloud Services. InfiniteApple tried to send an image to and from the iPhone that is running the iOS 5 beta 1 in order to test this. And what do you know? It clearly showed that Azure was used for hosting purposes.

InfiniteApple doesn't believe that the iCloud manages and stores the actual content but instead it simply manages and redirects users to the links of the stored content. Here are parts of the raw dump which clearly proves the usage of Windows Azure:

HTTP/1.1 201 Created
Content-MD5: [redacted]
Last-Modified: [redacted]
ETag: [redacted]
Server: Windows-Azure-Blob/1.0 Microsoft-HTTPAPI/2.0
x-ms-request-id: [redacted]
x-ms-version: 2009-09-19
Date: [redacted]
Connection: close
Content-Length: 0

[encoded message w/ CDN configuration details]
[relevant details:
mssat000001.blob.core.windows.net
PUT /cnt/1234.5678]

>
PUT https://mssat000001.blob.core.windows.net:443/cnt/1234.5678 HTTP/1.1
Host: mssat000001.blob.core.windows.net:443
User-Agent: imagent/800 CFNetwork/528.2 Darwin/11.0.0
Content-Length: 244050
Authorization: SharedKey [redacted]

Windows-Azure-iCloud
Well this certainly looks to be ironic in the part of Apple, but employing third-party services may actually be beneficial to the company. Apple is not really known to be experts when it comes to their online services, as proven by their now defunct online service MobileMe. With this unlikely help from a competitor, this proves that Apple is serious about making the iCloud a roaring success.

The iCloud was unveiled back in the WWDC and is announced by Apple to be launching this fall. The best news about the iCloud though is that it costs absolutely nothing although there are some storage limitations.

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