What you need to know
- Apple has made some notable hires in the cloud computing space recently.
As reported by Protocol, Apple has been quietly hiring some notable engineers in the cloud computing space and people are starting to take notice. The report ponders if Apple may be planning to take on Amazon, Microsoft, and Google with its own infrastructure technology.
The report notes the following hires:
- Michael Crosby, one of a handful of ex-Docker engineers to join Apple this year. "Michael is who we can thank for containers as they exist today. He was the powerhouse engineer behind all of it," said a former colleague who asked to remain anonymous.
- Arun Gupta, who joined Apple in February from AWS and is now leading Apple's open-source efforts.
- Maksym Pavlenko, another former AWS employee who worked on its managed container services such as AWS Fargate.
- Francesc Campoy, an ex-Googler who will be working on Kubernetes for Apple. It's not entirely clear what Apple has in mind, but numerous job postings indicate that the company is in the midst of building new tools for its internal software development teams. Apple declined to comment on its plans for the new hires.
While Apple has a massive cloud presence with iCloud and all of the services that come with it, its cloud infrastructure has still lagged behind other companies like Google, Amazon, and Microsoft. The company began strategic investments in the area a few years ago as highlighted by the report.
Apple is known for controlling the full experience that it brings to users. It appears that with its latest cloud computing hires, Apple may be looking to own the backend of that experience as well.
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Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.