It looks like Apple has turned to Microsoft and Amazon for help in the cloud services. The hints of this came from an anonymous source who sent a set of screen shots to InfiniteApple. The screenshots supposedly show Apple’s new iMessage service in action – specifically, the HTTP traffic log. The images seem to indicate that iCloud is getting some assistance from S3, Amazon’s cloud storage system, and Azure, Microsoft’s cloud service.
PUT https://mssat000001.blob.core.windows.net:443/cnt/1234.5678 HTTP/1.1 Host: mssat000001.blob.core.windows.net:443 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
Exactly how the Microsoft Azure and Amazon S3 cloud systems may be helping Apple’s iCloud is unclear, but whats there is that both companies involvements is merely related to iCloud’s back-end and it’s unlikely they had major involvement in developing iCloud per se.