Apple seems to be unsure of its cloud computing strategy even as rivals Google and Microsoft are moving full-steam ahead with their cloud computing offerings.
Apple insider, the news and rumor website, recently spotted an Apple ad that called for a “full time cloud system software engineer” in which the selected candidate(s) will be required to "explore the far reaches of the possible by joining the team building the future of cloud services at Apple" (http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/11/04/13/apple_assembling_team_to_build_the_future_of_cloud_services.html (opens in new tab)).
However, the job title changed this morning to “Web Services Software Engineer” with a longer description that states, “"Consider joining a small team writing the software which forms the foundation for some of our most exciting new products and services."
The now generic ad asks for someone who is "an extremely capable engineer who has a strong background in web services development, and who has built high-performance, scalable and extensible systems" with knowledge of Oracle.
Apple’s North Carolina data centers are likely to be operational soon, but the company has yet to disclose its operational agendas, causing speculation that Apple itself hasn't decided exactly what that agenda should be.