Apple’s use of Amazon Web Services has increased over the past few years and is now projected to hit $360 million this year, according to a report.
CNBC reported Monday that Apple was on track to spend $30 million a month on cloud services from AWS during the first quarter of 2019, making it one of the bigger customers of the cloud giant’s services. And that spend will continue into the future: according to the report Apple has signed a multiyear deal with AWS that commits it to spending $1.5 billion over a five-year period, which is a drop in the bucket for Apple but a sizable win for AWS.
Apple also operates its own network of data centers to power its own cloud services, which are a growing point of emphasis for the company as smartphone growth slows. It’s not clear how large a percentage of Apple’s workloads run on AWS, but as a point of comparison, Pinterest — which runs everything on AWS — committed to spending $750 million over a five-year period in 2017.
It’s earnings week for the cloud service providers, with Microsoft expected to report on Wednesday and Amazon scheduled to report on Thursday, which will give us a better sense of how much Apple is contributing to AWS revenue. The cloud leader recorded $7.4 billion in revenue during the fourth quarter of 2018, and it’s likely still growing at the 45 percent clip it enjoyed during the past year.