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

BY Killian Bell

Published 11 Apr 2016

Inspur factory

Apple is reportedly teaming up with China-based server supplier Inspur as it looks to bring its iCloud data services in-house. The company currently relies on Amazon and Google for its data center needs, but it is looking to cut costs as demand for its cloud services grows.

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.

Doing so would allow Apple to cut data center costs as demand for its iCloud services grows. It recently revealed that more than 1 billion people are now using iOS devices, which offer services like iMessage, iCloud Backup, iCloud Drive, and more.

Now DigiTimes reports that Apple may have teamed up with Inspur, which has a share of over 60 percent in China’s internet service server market.

“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.”

Inspur already has an office complete with research and development facility in California, which it opened last year. However, neither Apple or Inspur have confirmed this deal yet, and DigiTimes is keen to note that it’s just a rumor for now.

[via DigiTimes]