updated 01:15 pm EDT, Wed April 13, 2011
Company promises 'future of cloud services'
Apple is assembling a special team dedicated to cloud services, a job listing reveals. The company is currently hiring a Cloud Systems Software Engineer for its Cupertino campus, where the person will join a "small team" responsible for developing "the future of cloud services at Apple." The listing is extremely vague as a rule, referring to the team's projects only as "software which forms the foundation" of the "most exciting new products and services" at the company.
Candidates must have experience in scalable and extensible systems, and will have to collaborate with other engineering teams to build platform systems and frameworks for future web services. Some technologies expected to be in a resume include the likes of Java, Linux, Hadoop, and NoSQL databases. People should able to program for and deploy on RDBMS systems; Oracle familiarity is "a plus."
Apple is widely expected to launch an overhauled MobileMe service sometime this year. The main feature is anticipated to be a "media locker," through which people will be able to store photos, music and/or videos for convenient streaming on iOS devices and other remote hardware. Supporting the technology may be the company's new North Carolina data center, which is thought to be getting as much as 12 petabytes of storage. Apple may also be preparing to allow people to stream content from the iTunes Store.