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A hidden, now-defunct page on Apple's website was apparently being used by the company to recruit an engineer for work on a "critical infrastructure component."
The page — located at us-east-1.blobstore.apple.com — was highlighted by ZDNet editor Zach Whittaker, and described the component as involving "exabytes" of data, "tens of thousands" of servers, and "millions" of disks. It called for a candidate able to design and implement scalable apps and web services, familiar with Java 8, modern servers, and distributed systems.
While not necessarily difficult for a veteran engineer to find, the page's unusual placement likely ensured a base level of proficiency.
It's not clear when Apple disabled the page or if that means a candidate has been hired. The company was asking people to send resumes to "blob-recruiting [at] group.apple.com."
Also uncertain is which cloud service Apple was referring to. iCloud, iTunes, the App Store, and Apple Music could all potentially reach the exabyte scale, given the company's global footprint.