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Apple Acquires Cloud Networking Startup Union Bay Networks, Opens Seattle Office

Apple acquired Seattle-based cloud networking startup Union Bay Networks sometime in the last couple of months and has opened an office in the city that houses more than 30 engineers, reports GeekWire. The site uncovered Apple's acquisition and Seattle office after former Union Bay Networks co-founder Benn Bollay posted a job opening for a Systems Software Engineer that read "Ever wanted to work at Apple, but didn't want to live in Cupertino?"

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Apple later confirmed the acquisition of Union Bay Networks to The Seattle Times, providing its standard acquisition statement: Apple "buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans."

Union Bay Networks was a stealth startup focused on "enabling the next generation of networking for cloud computing and software defined datacenters," and seven out of nine former employees are said to have been hired by Apple, moving to an unknown office location.

Apple's Seattle office is already home to more than 30 employees, and the company is hiring more, posting two software engineering positions in the city last week. Both positions mention a focus on the design and development of core infrastructure services, and both mention iCloud, suggesting Seattle is being positioned as the hub for Apple's future cloud development projects.


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25 months ago
Apple opens office in Seattle, translation, Apple hopes to poach engineers great at cloud from Amazon and Microsoft.
Rating: 16 Votes
25 months ago
With all the rain they get in Seattle it makes sense to headquarter your cloud development there.
Rating: 14 Votes
25 months ago
Apple standard acquisition statement

Apple buys Google:
"Apple "buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans."
Apple buys Microsoft:
"Apple "buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans."
Apple buys A country:
"Apple "buys smaller technology countries from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans."
Rating: 10 Votes
25 months ago
Love Seattle, it's where I was born and raised (now live in Windermere, FL). Surprised Apple didn't already have an office there considering it's such a tech hub.
Rating: 6 Votes
25 months ago
Only good can come of Apple getting better at the cloud.

Definitely can't get any worse.
Rating: 6 Votes
25 months ago
So after you peal away a layer or two of buzz words...
What are these guys good at?
Rating: 5 Votes
25 months ago

Only good can come of Apple getting better at the cloud.

Definitely can't get any worse.


My thoughts exactly
Rating: 4 Votes
25 months ago

Huh. I work with SoftLayer at IBM, so I feel like I'm probably qualified to work in this new division. Unfortunately, Seattle, like Cupertino, just seems too far away for me. Maybe I'll apply anyways. I think Apple has an office which works on Siri somewhere near me, but I don't have experience with voice recognition or TTS, beyond having used Flint in one project a few years ago...


So what you're saying is that various specific and individualized considerations govern certain personal decisions you may or may not make in the future? Got it.
Rating: 3 Votes
25 months ago

Only good can come of Apple getting better at the cloud.

Definitely can't get any worse.


Please don't tempt fate #
Rating: 1 Votes
25 months ago
Ever wanted to work for Apple but not get taxed to hell by the State of California?
Rating: 1 Votes

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