Sunday, March 04, 2018

iCloud @ AWS S3, GCP

Apple may no longer be using Microsoft's Azure | ZDNet

"The (iCloud) service is agnostic about what is being stored and handles all file content the same way, as a collection of bytes," according to Apple's 2018 security guide. "Each file is broken into chunks and encrypted by iCloud using AES-128 and a key derived from each chunk's contents that utilizes SHA-256. The keys and the file's metadata are stored by Apple in the user's iCloud account.The encrypted chunks of the file are stored, without any user-identifying information, using third-party storage services, such as S3 and Google Cloud Platform."

free cloud: Azure for College/University Students

The offer is similar to regular trial offer, with some services free for 12 months and some "always free". The difference is that instead of credit card the user needs to have email address from accredited educational institution.

Azure for Students—Azure FAQ | Microsoft Azure

"Azure for Students is available only to students who meet the following requirements. You must affirm that you are age 18 or older and attend an accredited, degree-granting four-year educational institution where you’re a full-time student or faculty in a STEM-related field. You must verify your academic status through your organization’s email address (or Shibboleth, if supported by your organization). This offer is not available for use in a massive open online course (MOOC) or in other professional trainings from for-profit organizations."