Shortly after it was discovered that Apple was seeking hires in the Seattle area, the company recently confirmed that it will be opening an engineering office in the state with reports pointing towards the acquisition of local cloud computing startup, Union Bay Networks. Although an Apple spokesperson confirmed that it was building out an engineering office in the area, the Cupertino California company didn’t directly state it planned to purchase Union Bay. Instead of issuing an official declaration, the representative offered typical PR verbage including stating that Apple “buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans."

Union Bay, which is a cloud and data networking solutions firm originally founded by members of F5 Networks, was a stealth startup with funding from Madrona Venture Group. According to Unnion Bay’s website the company was:

…focused on delivering solutions that will enable the next generation of networking for cloud computing and software defined datacenters.
The Madrona Venture Group declined to comment on whether Apple acquired the company or not. As of right now its unknown how Apple plans to incorporate the company and its technology into its own business model. It’s believed that the purchase is what’s typically called an “acqui-hire” for talent as at least five former employees have switched their LinkedIn profiles to reflect a new status of employment at Apple. To make the claim more evident, Union Bay’s email address isn’t in service any longer which suggests that the company has either shut down or otherwise assimilated elsewhere.

We’ll find out within a matter of time as either more information is revealed or as Apple makes an official statement.

Source: GeekWire, The Seattle Times (blog), Union Bay