While doing some of my early morning reading today I stumbled across an article on DataCenterKnowledge.com that reported that people have been watching HTTP traffic and it appears that Amazon AWS and Microsoft’s Azure Cloud were being used in some way to support the iCloud data center in North Carolina. (See full article here). I don’t know if Apple is using these other Cloud service providers or not. What I will say is…who cares? Let me explain why before the Macista’s out there filet me for defending this in the event that it turns out to be true, because there are a LOT of news stories out there calling this a HUGE black eye and embarrassment for Apple. With all due respect, I disagree.
Let me be transparent for a moment and remind you that I proudly work for Dell in the Data Center Solutions team. You know…the people that do really cool things with Cloud and Hyperscale. At Dell, we like to say two things about the Cloud that I think apply here. First, our working definition of Cloud Computing is “A style of computing where dynamically scalable and often virtualized resources are provided as a service.” To go along with that there are some characteristics we like to see in a Cloud, but I will only mention two of them here.
- Unlimited processing and storage
- Elastic; scale up on down as needed
When Apple built this new data center to support the iCloud offering there had to be some assumptions made.
- How many users will we support (pretty easy to guess that one)
- What will our growth rate be
- How much data are we talking about per user
- What type of data do we want to support moving forward
- How much do we want to spend upfront
Until next time, I see you in the Cloud!