Apple is working with China-based server vendor Inspur as part of its ongoing plan to bring its iCloud data services in-house, according to a new report.
At the moment, Apple mainly uses Amazon Web Services for its cloud server needs.
Last month, it was reported that Apple is migrating some of its iCloud business from Amazon Web Services to Google’s Cloud Platform in a deal estimated to be worth between $400 and $600 million. However, it is likely that the move to Google’s Cloud Platform is a stopgap measure en route to Apple achieving independence from many third-party cloud service providers.
Today’s news — while not confirmed by either party — suggests that Apple is more than serious about handling its own iCloud data services in the near future.
Inspur currently has more than 60 percent share of China’s Internet service server market, and has previously formed partnerships with companies including Microsoft, LG Electronics, Ericsson, Intel and IBM. It established an office in California last year, which includes both production labs and an R&D team.
Apple is in the process of expanding its current data center in Prineville, Oregon, while also building new data centers in Ireland, Denmark, Reno and Arizona.