New Mystery Project: A new report published today states that Union Bay co-founder Benn Bollay is now working as a "Manager" for Apple in Seattle. Beyond that, this past Friday he published a post on LinkedIn about a job opening for a Systems Software Engineer. The ad reads "We are looking for talented multidisciplinary engineers to design and develop the core infrastructure services and environments driving every online customer experience at Apple ranging from iCloud to iTunes." Report Updated Nov. 4, 9AM
There are reportedly 30 Apple engineers already in the Seattle area with five of them being former Union Bay Networks employees. The "UnionBay Networks" site talks about building a better cloud. Some of their core engineers were from F5 networks with proven track records in application layer networking, virtualization, optimization and security solutions as you can see in the graphic below. Whether Apple has acquired UnionBay overall is unknown at this time.
On Friday we reported that Beats Music's chief creative officer Trent Reznor had admitted to working with Apple on a special project. Whether the two projects have any common ground with iTunes is unknown at this time. You could read more about the UnionBay related report here.
Update Nov. 4, 9AM: The Seattle Times reports that "An Apple spokesman confirmed that the company has indeed opened an engineering office in Seattle, but declined to provide further details. It is the company’s first engineering office in the Northwest and is likely to continue growing.
The report also noted taht "One of Union Bay’s backers, Madrona Venture Group, was unusually tight-lipped about its investment and declined to say whether the company was sold to Apple."