In May, Apple was on track to spend around $ 300 million on Google cloud storage services in 2021, an increase of about 50% year-over-year, reports The Information.
In November 2020, Apple increased the amount of user data it stores on Google services by approximately 470 petabytes, bringing the total amount of data it had on Google’s cloud to over 8 exabytes.
For reference, a single exabyte is enough to record a video call over 237,000 years old, AppleInsider reported.
Apple also appears to be getting a good deal on Google’s cloud storage. According to cost calculators on Google’s website, storing 8 exabytes of data costs about $ 218 million per month.
Apple, again, pays Google around $ 300 million a year by storing the same amount.
After Apple and ByteDance, Spotify was Google’s third-largest customer with around 460 petabytes of data, Twitter was fourth with 315 petabytes, and Snapchat third with around 275 petabytes.
Apple stores users’ iCloud data on both Amazon Web Services and Google’s cloud. This data is encrypted by Apple, which means that neither Amazon nor Google can obtain the customer’s iCloud information.