Apple's iCloud data centers---including a $500 million gem in Maiden, N.C.---remain a mystery, but on the surface it looks like the company chose one-vendor---Hewlett-Packard---for its servers and storage.
File this away in the informed speculation department, but Apple displayed rather detailed pictures of its iCloud infrastructure and since we know a little bit about servers around here, we'll make a leap and say we're sure that HP boxes are there. Calls to HP weren't returned immediately.
Of course, the more interesting part---what's under the hood of those boxes---remains a mystery, but HP is a start. Why? A one-vendor approach would make sense in Apple's case and Steve Jobs & Co. would want the services contracts. Few vendors could do those services deals.
Those boxes are quite clearly HP kits in high-density/horsepower racks. HP DL 380 and DL 360 G7 boxes with a mixture of other DL Proliants along with what we believe to be HP external storage systems. Those boxes don't match IBM, Cisco, Oracle or Dell servers. There is an off-chance that the picture reveals Supermicros, but that's a stretch.
Unless Apple used a stock photo inside their presentation to represent their data center, HP is a key player.
So what would go under the hood of these boxes? Red Hat along with a lot of other possibilities, including Apple's own Darwin/x86 OS which is based on FreeBSD.
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